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Arabsat 7B ? (Badr 8)

Badr 8 [Airbus DS]

Airbus has been contracted by Arabsat, one of the world’s top satellite operators, to build Badr-8, their new generation telecommunications satellite. Badr-8 will replace and increase Arabsat’s capacity and augment its core business at the Badr hotspot 26°E.

The Badr-8 satellite will be based on the-state-of-the-art Airbus Eurostar-Neo electric orbit raising platform giving access to a wide range of launchers.

Badr-8 will provide C- and Ku-band coverage over Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Badr-8 will also include the innovative Airbus developed TELEO optical communications payload demonstrator. This payload will enable very high capacity analogue optical feeder link communications, as part of the development by Airbus of a new generation of optical communications technology in space to be integrated in its future commercial products, which is highly robust against jamming.

The satellite is scheduled for launch in 2023 and its electric propulsion system will enable it to reach geostationary orbit in four to five months, depending on the type of launcher used. It has been designed to remain in service in orbit for more than 15 years. The satellite will have a launch mass of around 4.5 tonnes and power of 17 kW.

Nation: Saudi Arabia
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Arabsat
Contractors: Airbus Defence and Space
Equipment: C- and Ku-band transponders, TELEO
Configuration: Eurostar-Neo
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: ~4500 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Arabsat 7B ? (Badr 8) - 2023
Further Arabsat missions:
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