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Russian space experts regain control of 1st Angola satellite

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 file photo, a Russian Soyuz 2.1b rocket carrying the Meteor M satellite and additional 18 small satellites lifts...
FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 file photo, a Russian Soyuz 2.1b rocket carrying Meteor M satellite and additional 18 small satellites, flies in...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 file photo, a Russian Soyuz 2.1b rocket carrying the Meteor M satellite and additional 18 small satellites lifts...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 file photo, a Russian Soyuz 2.1b rocket carrying Meteor M satellite and additional 18 small satellites, flies in...

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's space experts say they have managed to regain control of Angola's first satellite launched earlier this week.

The Russian-built satellite successfully entered a designated orbit after Tuesday's launch from the Baikonur pad in Kazakhstan, but experts couldn't immediately establish contact.

The state-run Energia company that built the AngoSat 1 satellite said Friday its engineers have finally established communications with the craft and received data indicating that all its systems are operating properly.

The glitch with the Angolan satellite followed a failed launch in November, drawing attention to the Russian space industry's problems.

Asked about the failures, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that they warrant a thorough analysis of the situation.


Updated : 2021-05-11 12:37 GMT+08:00