The contract will cover all aspects of in-orbit delivery of the satellite, including satellite manufacture, satellite launch, ground control station construction, financing, insurance and training.
The satellite is to be named CongoSat-1 and is based on the DFH-4 satellite platform. The DFH-4 is China's newest generation, Direct Broadcasting Satellite (DBS) with a design lifetime of 15 years.
Launch is scheduled in 2015 and will provide communications services over the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the central and southern parts of the African continent.
Similar contracts have been signed previously and are listed in the table below.
|05/13/2007||NigComSat-1||Nigeria||Solar panels malfunctioned after 18 months of service.|
|12/19/2011||NigComSat-1R||Nigeria||Provided free of charge as replacement for NigComSat-1|
|12/20/2013||Túpac Katari / TKSat-1||Bolivia||-|
|-||LaoSat-1||Laos||Launch scheduled in 2015|
|-||BelarusSat||Belarus||Launch scheduled in 2015|
|-||NicaSat-1||Nicaragua||Launch scheduled in 2015|
|-||SupremeSat III||Sri Lanka||Launch scheduled in 2015|