Azerspace-2, Azerbaijan’s second telecommunications satellite, is scheduled for launch into orbit in 2018, Trend News Agency cites Azerspace’s chairman Rashad Nabiyev as saying. The country’s first telecoms satellite was launched into orbit on 7 February 2013 by French company Arianespace at a spaceport in French Guiana. Azerspace/Africasat-1a was produced by Orbital Sciences Corporation under contract to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies (MCIT), which is the shareholder in national satellite operator, Azercosmos. Based on Orbital’s STAR-2 platform, the satellite carries 36 active C- and Ku-band transponders, enabling the spacecraft to provide communications coverage for Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa during a designed mission life of 15 years. The Azerspace satellite is designed to provide digital broadcasting, internet access and data transmission, among other services.