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Arabsat 6B (Badr 7)

Badr 7 [Astrium]

ARABSAT has selected in January 2009 the consortium of Astrium and Thales Alenia Space to build and deliver in orbit the new satellite Badr 7 (or Arabsat 6B). The contract was modifified to include Ka-band capacity and was signed in January 2013.

Arabsat-6B will be co-located with the rest of Arabsat's Badr constellation of Direct-To-Home satellites at its 26 East video "hot-spot", extending in-orbit capacity for television services. Also a Eurostar-3000 model, equipped with a payload featuring 24 transponders in Ku-band and 24 Ka-band spot-beams as well as 3 Ka-band transponders, Arabsat-6B will have a spacecraft power of 12 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: EADS Astrium → Airbus Defence and Space (prime), Thales Alenia Space (payload)
Equipment: 24 Ku-band transponders, 24 Ka-band spot-beams, 3 Ka-band transponders
Configuration: Eurostar-3000
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 5798 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Arabsat 6B (Badr 7) 2015-065A 10.11.2015 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with GSat 15

References:

  • Astrium Website
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Further Badr missions: