Astrium and Thales Alenia Space to build BADR-7 for ARABSAT
Riyadh, 19 January 2013
- New multi-mission satellite to deliver broadcast, broadband and telecommunications services over MENA (Middle East and North Africa), Africa and Central Asia
- First satellite in ARABSAT’s sixth generation of satellites
- Seventh Eurostar satellite to be built by the European industrial consortium for ARABSAT
ARABSAT has finalized the mission definition for BADR-7 and confirmed the in-orbit delivery contract to the consortium of Astrium and Thales Alenia Space which has already started building the new satellite.
Astrium and Thales Alenia Space are jointly responsible for building the satellite and delivering it in orbit. Astrium, the leading partner, will supply the Eurostar E3000 platform and integrate the satellites. Thales Alenia Space will design and build the communications payload.
In a ceremony today in Ryadh, Eng. Khalid Balkheyour, ARABSAT president and CEO, Eric Béranger, CEO of Astrium Satellites and Jean-Loïc Galle, CEO of Thales Alenia Space signed the contract which defines the new mission assigned to the satellite.
Following the signing François Auque, CEO of Astrium, said: “I want to thank ARABSAT for having awarded Astrium the joint responsibility of building and integrating BADR-7. This order is another illustration of the fact that the state-of-the-art technologies developed and produced by European industry are recognized worldwide.”
The new satellite, the first in ARABSAT’s sixth generation of satellites, will be co-located with ARABSAT satellites at the 26° East video hot spot known as BADR. It will extend ARABSAT’s in-orbit capacity at this location for direct-to-home television broadcast and telecommunications services, and will provide broadband services in Ka-band with spot beam coverage.
BADR-7 is based on the Astrium built highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform and is able to operate up to 24 transponders in Ku-band and 24 spot beams in Ka-band, as well as three transponders in Ka-band for additional services.
Four deployable antennas and three fixed antennas will address service regions over a large coverage that includes the whole of MENA, South and North-West Africa and Central Asia.
BADR-7 will weigh 6100 kg at launch and have a spacecraft power of 12 kW at the end of its more than 15-year design life. It is planned for launch in late 2015.
Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. In 2011, Astrium had a turnover close to €5 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.
Astrium is the sole European company that covers the whole range of civil and defence space systems and services.
Its three business units are: Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure; Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment; Astrium Services for comprehensive fixed and mobile end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security and broadcast satellite communications equipment and systems, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.
Astrium is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.