Angolan Government Strengthens its National Space Program

Angola’s National Space Program Management Office (GGPEN) is undergoing a series of restructurings to strengthen the institution’s functions to pursue the objectives established in the national space strategy.

With these changes in mind, the Minister of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Social Communication, Manuel Homem, appointed, on 15 and 16 July 2021, Inês Francelina da Silva Neto as the new Deputy General Director of the ​​​​GGPEN administrative area, replacing Helga Djamila de Carvalho Costa Rufino.

The management office of the National Space Program will now have a board of directors – a collegial body for consultative support and monitoring of matters related to the functioning of the Office’s current activity. 

GGPEN will also have, in accordance with Presidential Decree No. 152/21 of 9 June, the Department of Support to the Director-General, which will be responsible for the functions of the secretariat, legal advice and cooperation, whose mission is to ensure the flow of information throughout the institution.

This change in the structure of GGPEN, concerning communication, has already been felt with the recent launch of the new institutional portal, with multimedia resources and updated information on the various areas of activity of the Office.

GGPEN has also established cooperation with foreign entities dedicated to activities in the various sectors of the space industry. The current international corporations and partnerships include the agreement with University Space Engineering Consortium (UNISEC), Airbus, Thales Alenia Space, and European Space Agency (ESA).

The continuous training of professionals linked to the areas of maintenance of terrestrial and space infrastructures through contractual and local training plans is another goal that GGPEN must ensure, as it has been doing in recent years with the international training of 71 members of staff in different areas of space engineering, with four doctors and 19 master’s degree holders.

It is noteworthy that the use of space contributes transversally to the development of the economy and allows for better management of mineral resources, territorial planning and weather forecasting, actions that are fundamental for any country that wants to be among the developed nations.

This justifies the effort being implemented by the Angolan Government to strengthen its national space program, now with the reinforcement of GGPEN’s attributions.

GGPEN’s mission

GGPEN’s mission is to promote the peaceful use of space and to conduct strategic studies aimed at establishing cooperation with technical and scientific institutions in the domain, ensuring the creation of national technological and human competencies, and the transfer of technology and technology know-how within the framework of the Angolan national space program.

Furthermore, GGPEN is tasked with managing and maintaining human capital, evaluating the institutions that will integrate the national space program, and the existence of conditions for monitoring the production, launch and operation of the Angolan ANGOSAT satellite.