Nigeria’s satellite in the orbit: What is the situation now?

Nigeria's satellite in the orbit: What is the situation now?

Quick facts about Nigcom sat 1.

NigComSat-1 was a Nigerian communication satellite.
The initial contract to build the satellite was signed in 2004.

It became the first African geosynchronous communication satellite, when it was launched at 16:01 UTC on 13 May 2007, aboard a Chinese Long March 3B carrier rocket, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China.

The spacecraft was operated by Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT). On November 11, 2008, NigComSat-1 failed in orbit after running out of power due to an anomaly in its solar array.

On 10 November 2008 (0900 UTC), the satellite was reportedly switched off for analysis and to avoid a possible collision with other satellites.

According to Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited, it was put into “emergency mode operation in order to effect mitigation and repairs”.

The satellite eventually failed after losing power on 11 November 2008.

On March 24, 2009, the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, NigComSat Ltd. and CGWIC signed a further contract for the in-orbit delivery of the NigComSat-1R satellite.

NigComSat-1R also uses the DFH-4 satellite platform with improvements over the previous satellite, and was delivered in the fourth quarter of 2011 as a replacement for the failed NigComSat-1.

It was successfully launched on December 19, 2011.