(Ecofin Agency) - Angola will rely on French aircraft manufacturer Airbus’ earth observation satellite to monitor its territory. An agreement was signed in that regard on May 17, 2019, in Paris, by Angolan minister of foreign affairs Manuel Augusto and his French peer Jean-Yves le Drian.
Angola will use Airbus’ satellites for military reconnaissance, meteorology, natural resource inventory, climate studies and modelling, natural disaster prevention and monitoring namely.
The country will be using this satellite until AngoSat-3, its third satellite dedicated to land observation, is operational. The construction and orbital launch of this equipment have been entrusted to Airbus in the framework of a $179 million agreement.
Once in orbit, AngoSat-3 will have a 10-year service life.