In a recent announcement, Russian officials have confirmed that they have lost contact with Angosat-1 communications satellite which was launched earlier on Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. However, at the moment, the reasons for loss of contact aren’t clear.
The Russian space agency Roscosmos revealed that the Satellite was carrying a Zenit 2SB booster which performed as planned as it deployed the first communications satellite into the intended orbit. However, after the spacecraft was separated from the booster’s upper stage, the agency lost the contact.
The mission is part of a joint $280 million project between Angola and Russia. The collaboration was funded thanks to credit from Russian banks and the spacecraft was built by Russia’s RSC Energia.