Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Airbus to build Angolan Earth observation satellite Angeo-1

Airbus Defence and Space has announced an agreement for Angeo-1, the first very high-performance Angolan Earth observation satellite, to be manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space in France.

The agreement strengthens the collaboration between bilateral cooperation. As part of the partnership, a comprehensive training program will be provided for Angolan engineers to build domestic competencies through targeted knowledge transfer.

Angola has already developed various operational applications using satellite imagery from Airbus Defence and Space, such as agriculture monitoring, land use mapping, and maritime surveillance. It also operates its own telecommunications satellite (Angosat-2).

Angeo-1, an Airbus S250 optical satellite, builds upon Airbus’ more than 30-year experience in building highly reliable space systems. Once in operation, it will become the most advanced satellite in its class in the region, positioning Angola as a leading space power.

The Angeo-1 satellite will further foster the development of the country in many different sectors, improving the life of Angolan citizens. In addition, Sovereign access to satellite imagery will make a significant contribution to the development of infrastructure, mapping of natural resources, and maritime surveillance, including fisheries, agriculture, and population.

It will also provide a better understanding of the origins and impacts of climate change on the economy, such as drought monitoring, rising sea levels, and water resources. This will lead to being better prepared in case of natural disasters with improved response rates and reduced loss of assets.