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Arabsat 5C

Arabsat 5C [Astrium]

ARABSAT has selected in January 2009 the consortium of Astrium and Thales Alenia Space to build and deliver in orbit the new satellite Arabsat 5C.

Arabsat-5C, a multi-mission satellite, will provide satellite capacity in both C-band and Ka-band frequencies at the Arabsat position 20E for a wide range of satellite communications services. A Eurostar-3000 model equipped with a payload featuring 26 active transponders in C-band and 12 in Ka-band, Arabsat-5C will have a spacecraft power of 10 kW at the end of its 15-year design lifetime.

Astrium and Thales Alenia Space are jointly responsible for building the satellites and delivering them in orbit. Astrium, the leading partner, will supply the Eurostar-3000 platforms and integrate the satellites. Thales Alenia Space will design and build the communications payloads. The team will also upgrade the ground control segment for the extended ARABSAT satellite fleet.

Nation: Saudi Arabia
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Arabsat
Contractors: Astrium (prime), Thales Alenia Space (payload)
Equipment: 26 active C-band transponders, 12 active Ka-band transponders
Configuration: Eurostar-3000
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 4630 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Arabsat 5C 2011-049B 21.09.2011 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with SES 2

References:

  • Astrium Website
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