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Arabsat 3A (Badr 3)

Arabsat 3A [Thales Alenia Space]

Arabsat 3A (formerly Arabsat 2-BSS), an Alcatel Spacebus-3000B2 spacecraft, was launched 26 February 1999 and co-located with Arabsat 2A at 26E. The satellite is to operate for 13 years.

About eight transponders aboard Arabsat 3A had to be switched off on 7 December 2001 after the satellite lost about half its power. This was caused by a short circuit in the solar array drive mechanism.

Nation: Saudi Arabia
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Arabsat
Contractors: Aerospatiale
Equipment: 20 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: Spacebus-3000B2
Propulsion: S400
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 13 years (design)
Mass: 2708 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Arabsat 3A (ex Arabsat 2BSS-1) → Badr 3 1999-009A 26.02.1999 Ko ELA-2 Ariane-44L H10-3 with Skynet 4E
Further Arabsat missions:
Further Badr missions: