The Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) recently held a ceremony at the Space Technology Center to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the launch of the first Algerian satellite, ALSAT-1.
ASAL notes that the Earth observation satellite was launched on November 28, 2002, from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, in Russia and acquired 1226 images, 70 per cent of which were in the national territory.
The ceremony was attended by the Directors from the agency’s four operational entities – Space Technology Center (CTS), Space Applications Center (CAS), Satellite Development Center (CDS), Telecommunications Systems Operation Center (CEST), – the local authorities of the Daira d’Arzew, and the engineers who worked on the ALSAT-1 project.
Azzedine Oussedik, the Director General of ASAL, paid tribute to all the engineers and researchers who made the project successful. In addition, he underlined the pioneering role played by the CNTS in launching the development of space applications such as space geodesy, space remote sensing, geomatics and spatial instrumentation since its creation in 1987 as a result of the merger between the National School of Geodesic Sciences (MDN) and the Spatial Study of Radiation (ESR) laboratory of the HCR (High Commission for Research).
According to ASAL, ALSAT-1 operated satisfactorily for more than seven years, despite its five-year designed lifespan. In addition, the satellite carried earth-imaging cameras, which provided 32 metres resolution images utilised in different industries to monitor land use planning, environmental monitoring and natural resources management.