Two Arabsat satellites delivered in orbit

Two Arabsat satellites delivered in orbit

July 23, 2010

Arabsat-5A and BADR-5 satellites handed over to Arabsat by EADS Astrium and Thales Alenia Space as part of the in-orbit delivery contract

Riyadh, 22 July 2010 – The Arabsat-5A and BADR-5 satellites have been handed over to Arabsat by Astrium and Thales Alenia Space as part of the in-orbit delivery contract and have entered commercial service.

Both satellites have been deployed and tested in orbit in the same period due to their close launch dates. After the successful completion of in-orbit testing to ensure that all spacecraft functions were performing as expected, BADR-5 launched by Proton on 3 June was officially transferred to Arabsat on 17 July at the designated orbital location, shortly followed by Arabsat-5A, launched by Ariane 5 on 26 June and officially transferred to Arabsat on 21 July at the designated orbital location, less than one month after launch.

Astrium and Thales Alenia Space are acting as co-prime contractors for the satellites’ construction and delivery into orbit. Astrium, the team leader, supplied the Eurostar E3000 platforms and assembled and tested the spacecraft. Thales Alenia Space supplied the communications payloads. The Launch and Early Orbit Phases were conducted from the Astrium spacecraft control centre in Toulouse, and the In-Orbit Testing from the Arabsat main control centre in Riyadh with the participation of the Arabsat control centre in Tunis. Arabsat’s first 5th generation satellites are now in commercial operation providing communications services.

BADR-5 is collocated with the BADR-4 and BADR-6 Direct-to-Home satellites at Arabsat’s hot spot. BADR-5 provides the highest level of service within the MENA region and new services over the Central Asia region. BADR 5 provides capacity for more than 700 TV channels, HDTV, 3D, Telecom services including broadband, in addition to providing a full in orbit backup for the Arabsat fleet. BADR-5 is a Eurostar E3000 satellite equipped with a payload that includes 56 transponders operating in different bands.

Arabsat-5A is a multi-mission satellite which provides additional transmission capacity at the Arabsat orbital position for a wide range of satellite communications services, covering the whole continent of Africa, Central Asia and Middle East regions. Arabsat-5A is a Eurostar E3000 satellite equipped with a payload that includes 50 active transponders operating in different bands.

About Astrium
Astrium, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2009, Astrium had a turnover of €4.8 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment and Astrium Services for the development and provision of secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, geo-information products and services, and navigation services.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2009, EADS generated
revenues of €42.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119, 000..

Astrium press contacts:
Matthieu Duvelleroy (Astrium FR) - Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32
Daniel Mosely (Astrium UK) - Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 8180
Ralph Heinrich (Astrium GER) - Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 33971
Francisco Lechón (Astrium SP) - Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41
www.astrium.eads.net


About Thales Alenia Space
European leader in satellite systems and a major player in orbital infrastructures, Thales Alenia Space is a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%). Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio embody the two groups’ “Space Alliance”. Thales Alenia Space sets the global standard in solutions for space telecoms, radar and optical Earth observation, defense and security, navigation and science. The company, which achieved revenues of Euro 2 billion in 2009, has a total of 7,200 employees located in 9 industrial sites in France, Italy, Spain and Belgium.
www.thalesaleniaspace.com

Thales Alenia Space press contacts:
Florence Pontieux - Tel: +33 (0)1 57 77 91 26
florence.pontieux@thalesaleniaspace.com

Sandrine Bielecki - Tel: +33 (0)4 92 92 70 94
sandrine.bielecki@thalesaleniaspace.com