Fuel Leakage Paralyses Take-off of Pan-African Satellite RASCOM


Technicians have announce stop-gap measures to save RASCOM-QAF 1, Africa's the newest satellite over Africa from a fuel leakage problem.

Technician at Thales Alenia Space, the company that built the satellite have identified disturbing teething problems with its take-off. In effect, the fuel used by the engine that enables the satellite to function is said to have leaked, making it difficult to put the satellite on orbit. International media sources say specialists are confident this will not completely paralyse the whole system. Another system which will not depend on the RASCOM-QAF 1 will soon be put in place to save the project from collapse.

It was launched on 22 December, 2007 in Kourou in French Guiana. The 380 million-dollar satellite will provide telecommunication services in rural areas of Africa as well as domestic and international connections, direct television broadcast services and internet access for the next 15 years.

Built by Cannes-Thales Alenia Space, RASCOM-QAF 1 will make it possible for African populations to benefit from broadband communication services. "The Rascom system will provide an expanded range of value-added services to all African countries that will be using the system", Cannes-Thales Alenia Space announced shortly ahead of the launching.

Cameroon Tribune