September 20, 2008
Thales Alenia Space Wins Egyptian Satellite Contract
By Mumford, Richard
Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with Nilesat, the Egyptian satellite company, to provide the Nilesat-201 broadcasting communication satellite and associated services and ground stations. As prime contractor, the company will be in charge of the design, manufacturing, test and in-orbit acceptance of the satellite. In addition, Thales Alenia Space will provide a satellite and mission control system for the Nilesat stations in both Cairo and Alexandria. Based on a Spacebus 4000B2 platform, Nilesat-201 will carry Ku- and Ka-band transponders-24 BSS Ku-band transponders over North Africa and the Middle East, plus 4 Ka-band channels over North Africa and the Gulf region. With a lifetime of more than 15 years, the satellite will have a launch mass of 3.2 tons and will deliver 5.7 kW of payload power end of life.
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