Angola and Russia have signed a contract for the building, launching and operating an Angolan telecom satellite AngoSat worth $327m . The production of Angosat will take 39 months to finish and the Russian government will provide Angola all necessary technical means, training of Angolans in space technology for satellite management. The satellite has a designed lifespan of 15 years, and will serve to support Angola's national infrastructures of telecommunications and terrestrial digital television all over the country. It will also enable the coverage in Africa, Europe, in C band, and Southern Africa region in particular, in Ku band. More via UK Guardian and Xinhuanet.