Ten years have passed since the launch of Azerspace-1, the first telecommunication satellite of Azerbaijan, Report informs.

Built by Orbital Sciences Corporation, it was launched by Ariane 5 into orbit on February 7, 2013, from Kourou in French Guiana.

The Azerspace-1 satellite weighing 6,521 kg is intended for broadcasting and providing telecommunication services, as well as providing high-quality and stable communication platforms that meet the requirements of corporate and government customers. About 100 television and radio channels are broadcast via satellite, serving over 180 customers in more than 40 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Central and South Asia.

The service life of Azerspace-1 is at least 17 years.

The satellite cost $ 230 million and was constructed by Orbital Sciences Corporation.