Arianespace to launch two satellites for Arabsat
Evry, February 4, 2009
Saudi-Arabia based operator Arabsat selects Arianespace to launch the Arabsat 5C and Arabsat 6B satellites.
The Arabsat 5C satellite is scheduled for a launch into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) from the third quarter of 2011. It will be launched by an Ariane 5 ECA from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The launch of Arabsat 6B is scheduled from the second half of 2012.
These two contracts are the 14th and 15th launch Service & Solutions contracts that Arianespace has signed in the Middle East.
The Arabsat 5C and 6B satellites will be built by EADS Astrium and Thales Alenia Space, as part of a turnkey contract with the satellite communications operator Arabsat, based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Astrium will supply the Eurostar E3000 platforms and handle satellite integration, while Thales Alenia Space will supply the payloads.
Offering a design life exceeding 15 years, these two communications satellites will provide telecommunications and television broadcast services in the Middle East and Africa. Arabsat 5C will be fitted with 26 active C band and 12 Ka-band transponders, and will be positioned at 20 degrees East. Arabsat 6B will be equipped with 36 active Ku-band transponders and will be positioned at 26 degrees East. Both satellites will weigh less than 5 tons.
“Our company is especially proud to be working once again with Arabsat,” said Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace. “We have maintained a very close relationship with Arabsat since the launch of Arabsat 1A in 1985. Including this latest contract, Arianespace has now been selected for 9 Arabsat satellites. We are extremely honored by this latest sign of confidence in our services.”
Arianespace is the world’s leading launch Service & Solutions company, delivering innovative offer to its customers since 1980. Backed by its 23 shareholders and the European Space Agency, Arianespace proposes an unrivalled launcher family, comprising Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega, and an international workforce renowned for their culture of commitment and excellence. As of 01 January 2009, Arianespace had launched a total of 265 payloads, including more than half of all the commercial satellites now in service worldwide. It has a backlog of more than 20 Ariane 5 and 10 Soyuz launches, equal to 3 years of business.
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