• Communications satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space for Arabsat, to be launched by Ariane in September 2011
• Multi-mission satellite to provide satellite capacity in both C-band and Ka-band frequencies at the Arabsat position 20°E.
Toulouse, 08 August 2011 - The Arabsat 5C satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space has left the Airbus Defence and Space facilities in Toulouse, France, and was transported by air to Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for its launch by an Ariane 5 vehicle in September 2011.
Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space are jointly responsible for building the satellite and delivering it in orbit. Airbus Defence and Space, the leading partner, supplied the Eurostar E3000 platform and assembled and tested the spacecraft. Thales Alenia Space designed and built the communications payload featuring 26 active channels in C-band and wide band transponders over 10 spots in Ka-band. The team also upgraded the ground control segment for the extended Arabsat satellite fleet. The Launch and Early Orbit Phase will be conducted from the Airbus Defence and Space spacecraft control centre in Toulouse.
Arabsat 5C has a launch mass of 4630 kg and a spacecraft power of 10kW at the end of its 15-year designed lifetime.
Arabsat 5C, a multi-mission satellite, will provide satellite capacity in both C-band and Ka-band frequencies at the Arabsat position 20°E for a wide range of satellite communications services.
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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.
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