Sunday, July 09, 2006

Arabsat BADR-6 to Use Arianespace as launch vehicle

Riyadh -- Arabsat has contracted Arianespace to launch of its BADR-6 satellite in the January to June period, 2008. BADR-6 (technically, Arabsat-4AR) will be launched by from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Arabsat since launching the Arabsat-1A satellite in 1985 has used Arianespace for its launch operations.

BADR-6, a fourth-generation satellite, will be built jointly by EADS- Astrium and AlcatelAleniaSpace with a design life of about 15 years. BADR-6 is to be used to primarily provide video broadcasting services for the entire Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region from Arabsat's 26° East.

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