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Airbus Defence and Space successfully delivers Arabsat-5C satellite in orbit

• The Arabsat-5C satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space has been handed over to ARABSAT as part of the in-orbit delivery contract

• Arabsat-5C is the third Eurostar E3000 satellite to enter commercial service in less than a week

• Arabsat-5C is the 6th Eurostar satellite delivered to ARABSAT

Paris, 27 October 2011 – The Arabsat-5C satellite has been handed over to ARABSAT by Airbus Defence and Space as part of the in-orbit delivery contract. In less than a week, Arabsat-5C is the third satellite based on the highly reliable Airbus Defence and Space’s Eurostar E3000 platform to enter commercial service

After the successful completion of in-orbit testing to ensure that all spacecraft functions were performing as expected, the Arabsat-5C satellite, launched by Ariane 5 on 21 September 2011, was officially transferred to ARABSAT on 26 October at the designated orbital location.

The Launch and Early Orbit Phases (LEOP) 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 supported by the ARABSAT control centre in Tunis.

Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space (TAS) were co-prime contractors for the satellite’s construction and delivery in orbit. Airbus Defence and Space, the team leader, supplied the Eurostar E3000 platform and assembled and tested the spacecraft. TAS supplied the communications payload.

This in-orbit delivery follows Arabsat-5A and 5B satellites, successfully delivered in orbit in 2010, and completes ARABSAT’s fleet of 5th generation satellites, all now in commercial operation. Arabsat-5C is the 6th Eurostar satellite delivered to ARABSAT.

Arabsat-5C is a multi-mission satellite which provides satellite capacity in both C-band and Ka-band frequencies at the ARABSAT position 20°E, for a wide range of satellite communications services over a coverage area including the whole of Africa and the Middle-East.

The Arabsat-5C satellite is based on Airbus Defence and Space’s highly reliable Eurostar E3000 product line, with a launch mass of 4770 kg and a spacecraft power of 10 kW at the end of its 15 year design lifetime.


About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe and the third in the world for space technologies. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services.

In 2010, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €5 billion and more than 15,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment, and Airbus Defence and Space for comprehensive end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.

AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2010, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000.


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Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP)                                                 Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41