Agence Spatiale Algerienne (Algerian Space Agency) ASAL

The Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) was established on January 16th, 2002 in Bouzareah, Algiers. It is in charge of the Algerian space program. ASAL is operating five different satellites for earth-, agriculture- and disaster monitoring (DMC - Disaster Monitoring Constellation). The Alsat-1, Alsat-1B, Alsat-2A, Alsat-2B and Alsat-1N satellites were all manufactured by the Indian ISRO satellite manufacturer and launched on a PSLV-C35 launch vehicle of ISRO satellite launch operator.

ASAL consists of a central structure and four operational entities, the Center of Space Techniques (CTS), the Space Applications Center (SAC), the Satellite Development Center (SDC) and the Telecommunications Systems Operating Center (TSOC).

The main objectives of the ASAL are to propose to the Algerian government the elements of a national strategy in the field of space activity and ensure their implementation in the establishment of a space infrastructure to strengthen Algerian national space capacities.

The AlcomSat-1 communications satellite

AlcomSat-1 is the first Algerian communication satellite that was launched in December 2017 by Chinese launcher Long March 3B operated by China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, located 2,200 km southwest of Beijing. The satellite was designed for 15 years operational lifetime and is a partnership between Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) and China.

Positioned at the 24.8°W orbital position, the satellite will provide services, including telecommunications, broadband internet, audio transmission, broadcast and television, satellite-based navigation, remote education, as well as enterprise and emergency communications. The coverage areas include Algeria, Sahel and other regions in North Africa.

The Alcomsat-1 launch comes several years after it was originally scheduled for launch in 2014. The Chinese made Algerian satellite is dedicated to space communications, providing broadcast services, Internet, telephony and VSAT services.

The satellite was developed by the China Aerospace Science & Technology Corp. (CASC) and is based on the DFH-4 platform. Its communications payload is composed of 33 operational transponders (19 in Ku-band, 12 in Ka-band and 2 in L-band). The satellite will operate for 15 years on the geosynchronous orbit.

Alcomsat-1 spacecraft is operated by the Agence Spatiale Algérienne (ASAL) and the China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC) was responsible for the development, manufacture, launch and orbital delivery of Alcomsat-1, as well as the built of two ground control stations in Médéa and Ouargla, Algeria. The two stations will be used to control the satellite and will be operated by Algerian trained in China.

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Resources  edition December 10th, 2017





Orbital Position: 25° W
Manufacturer: China Aerospace Science & Technology Corp. (CASC)
Launch date: 10 Dec 2017
Launch Operator: China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC)
Launch vehicle: Long March CZ-3B/E
Expected lifetime: 15+ years

YouTube: Watch the AlcomSat-1 Satellite launch conducted by China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC)!