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Arabsat 2A, 2B

Arabsat 2A [Alcatel]

A contract for two Arabsat 2 spacecraft was signed with Aerospatiale in April, 1993. The spacecraft utilized Aerospatiale's Spacebus-3000A platform to carry 22 C-band transponders (including eight 52 W moderate power transponders) and 12 Ku-band transponders. Arabsat 2 spacecraft have a mass of more than two metric tons on station. The maximum dimensions of the spacecraft bus are 1.8 m and 2.3 m, and the solar array span is 25 m for a 5 kW electrical power capacity. Both Arabsat 2A and 2B were launched in 1996 by Ariane-44L H10-3 vehicles.

Nation: Saudi Arabia
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Arabsat
Contractors: Aerospatiale
Equipment: 22 C-band transponders, 12 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: Spacebus-3000A
Propulsion: S400
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 2500 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Arabsat 2A 1996-040A 09.07.1996 Ko ELA-2 Ariane-44L H10-3 with Türksat 1C
Arabsat 2B 1996-063A 13.11.1996 Ko ELA-2 Ariane-44L H10-3 with MEASAT 2
Further Arabsat missions: