ALGIERS, — The Algerian Space Agency (ASA) says it has launched three satellites from the Sriharikota Space Centre in southern India.

The ASA added here Monday that it successfully placed into orbit the AlSat 1B, AlSat 2B, and AlSat 1N satellites, adding that they would be used for Earth observation.

The agency noted that the launch of these three satellites was part of the Algerian national space programme worth 1.5 billion US dollars adopted by the government in 2006 and aimed at strengthening Algeria’s capacity in terms of Earth observation in a bid to serve sustainable development and strengthen national sovereignty.

Algeria launched its first satellite (AlSat 1) in 2002 from Russia.

Algeria has been producing its own small satellites since 2010.

Source: Nam News Network

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