Communications satellites Arabsat-5A and BADR-5 enter commercial service
The Arabsat-5A and BADR-5 satellites have been handed over to operator Arabsat by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space as part of the in-orbit delivery contract and have entered commercial service.
Both satellites were 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. It was soon followed by Arabsat-5A, launched by Ariane 5 on 26 June, which was officially transferred to Arabsat on 21 July at the designated orbital location, less than one month after launch.
Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space were co-prime contractors for the satellites’ construction and delivery into orbit. Airbus Defence and Space, 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 Airbus Defence and Space 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 providing communications services and in commercial operation.