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Arabsat launches Badr-7

Sunday, November 15, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Randall Barney
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Arabsat has successfully launched Arabsat-6B to cater to the growing needs for satellite broadcasting capacity across Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Arabsat-6B, to be renamed Badr-7 once in its orbital slot at 26° East, was the ninth satellite orbited by Arianespace for use by Arabsat.

It is the initial sixth-generation satellite for Arabsat’s fleet, providing broadcast, broadband and telecommunications services over the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. It was launched on behalf of Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space as part of a turnkey contract with Arabsat.

Commenting on the launch, Khalid Balkheyour, President and CEO of Arabsat, said: “Badr-7 has a great variety of different frequency beams including a Ka-band to provide broadband and Internet services as well as direct TV broadcasting and satellite telecommunications services.”

“Arabsat presently has three new satellites under manufacturing within the sixth generation project. They will be successively launched over the next three years [representing an investment of] about US$1.5 billion”.

The Badr-7 manufacture and launch of Badr-7 will account for US$400 million, he added.

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