Sichuan, China : Algeria’s launched it’s first communication satellite, Alcomsat-1, into a preset orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan, China early Monday. It will be used by Algeria for broadcast and television, emergency communication, distance education, e-governance, enterprise communication, broadband access and satellite-based navigation.
The satellite was launched 40 minutes after midnight by a Chinese Long March-3B carrier rocket, making it the 258th flight mission for the Long March rocket family.
The satellite was the first cooperative project in aerospace industry between the Algeria and China.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika exchanged congratulatory messages on the successful launch.
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said in his message that the successful launch of Alcomsat-1 is a remarkable achievement in aerospace cooperation between Algeria and China, which reflects the deep traditional friendship between the two sides.
Algeria is willing to work with China to jointly promote cooperation in various fields to achieve more results, he added
In his message, Chinese President Xi Jinping pointed out that the project of Alcomsat-1, Algeria’s first communication satellite, is an important manifestation of the China-Algeria comprehensive strategic partnership, which sets a precedent in aerospace cooperation between China and Arab countries and will play an important role in promoting Algeria’s economic development, improvement of its people’s livelihood and social progress.
2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Algeria, Xi said, adding that Beijing is willing to work with Algeria to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in various fields, promote the in-depth development of the comprehensive strategic partnership so as to benefit the two countries and two peoples.