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Arabsat 5A

Arabsat 5A [Astrium]

Arabsat-5A, a Eurostar-3000 model, will have a launch mass of 4,800 kg and a spacecraft power of 11 kW at the end of its 15-year service lifetime. Equipped with a payload featuring 16 active transponders in C-band and 24 in Ku-band, the multi-mission Arabsat-5A satellite will take over from Arabsat-2B and provide additional capacity at 30.5 East for a large range of satellite communications services such as television backhauling and broadcasting, telephony, business communications, Internet trunking and the provision of VSAT and other interactive services, over sub-Saharan Africa, North-Africa and the Middle East.

Nation: Saudi Arabia
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Arabsat
Contractors: Astrium (prime), Thales Alenia Space (payload)
Equipment: 16 active C-band transponders, 24 active Ku-band transponders
Configuration: Eurostar-3000
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 4939 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Arabsat 5A 2010-032B 26.06.2010 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with COMS 1


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