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Arabsat-5A prepares for April launch in French Guiana

Posted 17 March 2010 · Add Comment

Arabsat-5A - the first, in a series of fifth-generation satellites for Arabsat, one of the Arab world's leading satellite services providers - is being checked out at Arianespace in French Guiana ahead of its launch on an Ariane 5 ECA launcher in April.

The spacecraft was built by a team with Astrium and Thales Alenia Space acting as co-prime contractors, and will provide additional capacity at Arabsat's 30.5 degree East orbital position.

The Arabsat-5A platform is designed to provide a large range of satellite communications services, including television back hauling and broadcasting, telephony, business communications, Internet trunking and the provision of VSAT and other interactive services over sub-Saharan Africa, the North-Africa and Middle East (MENA) region, and beyond.

 

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