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Arabsat 5B (Badr 5)

Arabsat 5B (Badr 5) [Astrium]

Badr-5 (technically Arabsat-5B), a Eurostar-3000 model, will have a launch mass of 5,400 kg and a spacecraft power of 14 kW at the end of its 15-year service lifetime. Equipped with a payload featuring 56 active transponders in Ku-band and Ka-band, Badr-5 will primarily provide full in-orbit back-up capacity both for Badr-4 and Badr-6. Co-located with the rest of Arabsat's Badr constellation of Direct-To-Home satellites at its 26 East video "hot-spot", it will guarantee to its broadcasting customers a unique "hot" redundancy, the highest level ever in the region. Complementary missions include supporting the expected boom of HD-TV and, thanks to its Ka-band capacity, the development of sophisticated interactive services.

Nation: Saudi Arabia
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Arabsat
Contractors: Astrium (prime), Thales Alenia Space (payload)
Equipment: 56 active transponders in Ku-band and Ka-band
Configuration: Eurostar-3000
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 5420 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Arabsat 5B (Badr 5) 2010-025A 03.06.2010 Ba LC-200/39 Proton-M Briz-M (Ph.2)

References:

  • Astrium Website
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