26 September 2016.
Successfully launched three Alsat-1B, Alsat-2B and Alsat 1N Algerian satellites by the Indian launcher PSLV C-35 from the Sriharikota site of the Satish Dhawan Space Center in the Chennai region of the South- East India.
Alsat-1B is the second Algerian satellite of observation of the earth with medium resolution, launched by Algeria after Alsat-1. Alsat-1B images taken from an orbit at 670 km altitude.
Alsat-2B is the second satellite of observation of the earth with high resolution, placed in an orbit located at 670 km of altitude and this, after Alsat -2A in orbit since July 2010.
Alsat-1N is a nano satellitewith scientific mission and technological demonstration developed within the framework of the implementation of the agreement of cooperation with the United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA), by a team of Algerian-British researchers.
The realization of these three satellites consolidates the qualitative leap achieved by Algeria in the space field, especially in technological mastery. These results reinforce the government’s strategic choice to place space activity as a tool to support sustainable economic development and strengthen national sovereignty.
18 December 2018.
Algeria plans to send several state-of-the-art satellites as part of the space programme 2020-2040, which is « under study now, » the director general of the Algerian Space Agency, Azzedine Oussedik, said on 18th December 2017 in Algiers.
He added that the new programme will be put into operation after the completion of the national space programme 2006-2020, under which five satellites have been successfully launched, the latest of which is Alcomsat-1.
The launch of the satellite Alcomsat-1 is meant to « boost national sovereignty in telecommunications, through the set-up of an appropriate, efficient and secure transmission system, » according to Oussedik.
The satellite will make it possible for the telecommunication services to continue working in case of major natural disasters, as it will allow an increase in the capacity of national telecommunication systems, the relocation of activities and services which are mostly based in the country’s north through an optimized telecommunication network, the reduction of the costs resulting from the use of international telecommunication systems, in addition to a transfer of technology, he explained.
Alsatcom-1, the outcome of a partnership with China, has 33 transponders, nine of which are meant for digital radio and TV broadcast, as well as distance learning, telemedicine and videoconference services.
The new satellite will allow to get high-speed internet (20 Mb/s) on Ka-band, which covers thethe whole Algerian territory.
It will also help in providing mid-speed internet (2 Mb/s) to users in North Africa via Ku-band, which, in addition to Algeria, includes Morocco, Mauritania, Western Sahara, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Libya, Tunisia, North of Chad and north of Sudan.