Arabsat plans a new satellite every year

March 1, 2009 | 11:53 UK

Arabsat announced it plans to launch a new satellite every year until 2012. The operator will announce plans with its next two planned satellites, the Badr-7 and Badr-5C during next week’s Cabsat 2009 in Dubai.

Eng. Khalid Balkheyour, Arabsat President and CEO, stated in a statement that “Arabsat will declares its new satellites Badr – 7 & 5 C which their contracts have been signed earlier this month as a step in Arabsat future plans that calls for launching a satellites every year till 2012. It’s also a good chance for Arabsat to cope up with the latest updates in the market of Satellites and Telecommunications and explore the new investments opportunities in the Middle East market. Arabsat will give a presentation, in cooperation with the ASBU, about the joint project of Menos.”

Arabsat operates a fleet opf satellites at the 26 Degree East and 30.5 Degree East positions. Badr-5 is a Eurostar-3000 model with 56 active transponders in Ku-band and Ka-band, Badr-5 will primarily provide full in-orbit back-up capacity both for Badr-4 and Badr-6 at its 26° East position. Badr-7 is also a Eurostar E3000 model, equipped with 36 active transponders in Ku-band aabd will also be placed at the at 26° East.