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Mission typeCommunication
OperatorAlgerian Space Agency (ASAL)
COSPAR ID2017-078A
SATCAT no.43039Edit this on Wikidata
Mission duration15 years
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass5,200 kilograms (11,500 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date04:11, December 10, 2017 (UTC) (2017-12-10T04:11Z)
RocketLong March 3B
Launch siteXichang Satellite Launch Center
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude24.8° west
Band20 (24 36Mhz equivalent) IEEE Ku band and 6 (13 36Mhz equivalent) IEEE C band transponders
FrequencyKu band and C band
BandwidthKu band: 864 Mhz
C band: 464 Mhz
Alcomsat-2 →

Alcomsat-1 is the first Algerian communications satellite. It was carried by Chinese launcher Long March 3B from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, located in Sichuan Province, 2,200 km southwest of Beijing.[1]

The satellite was launched on 10 December 2017 and is designed for 15 years operational lifetime. It is a partnership between Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) and China. It is dedicated to telecommunications, television broadcasting and internet.


The satellite was developed by the Chinese Academy of Space Technology (CAST) and is based on the DFH-4 platform. Its communications payload is composed of 33 operational transponders (19 in Ku band, 12 in Ka band and 2 in L band). The satellite will operate for 15 years on the geosynchronous orbit. Launch mass was around 5,200 kg.[2]

The DFH-4 (DongFangHong-4) platform is a large telecommunications satellite platform of the next generation. It provides high capability in output power and communication capacity ranking with international advanced satellite platforms.

The applications for the DFH-4 platform are not limited to high capacity broadcast communication satellites and it can be used as a tracking and data relay satellite, regional mobile communication satellite, etc.

Image result for Chinese DFH-4 platform The platform comprises propulsion module, service module and a solar array system. It has a payload capacity of 588 kg and an output power of 10.5 kW by the end of its lifetime. Its reliability by the end of its lifetime is more than a 0.78 industry ratio.

The platform is equipped with 22 Ku-band transponders (four 54 MHz and eighteen 36 MHz), three receiver antennas, and two transmission antennas.

The DFH-4 can support the transmission of 150~200 TV programs simultaneously to ground users using a 0.45 meter antenna device. The DFH-4 satellite also features strong capabilities against hostile disturbance and jamming. The satellite's power supply includes two 6 meter solar panels.

  • More up to date informations about the stellite can be found here

See also


  1. ^ Chinese Long March 3B lofts Alcomsat-1 for Algeria 10/12/2017
  2. ^ Chinese Long March 3B lofts Alcomsat-1 for Algeria 10/12/2017

External links

  • AlSAT-1 Info
  • Algerian Space Agency information on Alsat-1