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Algeria's first satellite mission completed

Alsat-1, the first satellite launched in the international Disaster Monitoring Constellation led by SSTL, has finally completed its mission for the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) having exceeded its original 5-year design lifetime by 50% to a remarkable 7 years and 9 months.
Engineer working on Alsat-1
Engineer working on Alsat-1
Launched in November 2002 into a 700km sun-synchronous orbit on board a Kosmos 3-M rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia, Alsat-1 was Algeria's first national satellite - as well as being the first Disaster Monitoring Constellation satellite, it was also the first SSTL spacecraft to carry SSTL's newly developed Slim 6 Line Scan Imager payload.
Alsat-1 launch preparations
Alsat-1 launch preparations

 

 
 

 

 

26 August 20100 Comments1 Comment

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