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Arabsat's BADR-4 payload provided by Alcatel Alenia Space ready for commercial services

06 December 2006

The BADR-4 payload, provided by Alcatel Alenia Space, successfully completed the In-Orbit Acceptance Review (IOAR) and is ready for operational services. BADR-4 is the second of the Arab Satellite Communications Organization's (Arabsat) fourth generation satellites, built by the prime contractor Astrium Satellites. The BADR-4 satellite has been boosted into orbit on Nov. 8th from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan by a Proton/Breeze-M launcher provided by International Launch Service (ILS).

The BADR-4 satellite is now co-located at ARABSAT's 26 degrees East video "hot-spot", together with the rest of its BADR constellation of Direct-To-Home satellites, providing expansion capacity for its core direct TV broadcasting customers, notably for housing the numerous new HD-TV channels targeting the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) audience, as well as a significantly larger number of options for optimizing its broadband, telephony and data transmissions service offering. It covers an unrivalled stretched zone encompassing the entire MENA region, plus a large part of Europe.

BADR-4 is fitted with 32 transponders in Ku-band, 12 in Ku-band/FSS for Fixed Satellite Services, and 20 in Ku-band/BSS for Broadcasting Satellite Services with among the highest downlink power levels available over this region. The payload provided by Alcatel Alenia Space has been integrated on an Astrium Satellite Eurostar E2000+ platform.

Since the 1980s, Alcatel Alenia Space has already delivered to Arabsat payloads for two fourthgeneration satellite with a third one currently under construction, three first-generation satellites, two second-generation satellites and one third-generation satellite.



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