Three major companies – Arianespace, Astrium and Thales Alenia Space — have inked a new deal for the production and launch of Arabsat’s first 6th generation satellite, Arabsat-6B.
French Minister of Industrial Renewal Arnaud Montebourg and Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Lohieddin Khoja were at the signing ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The next-generation satellite will be built by Astrium and Thales Alenia Space as part of a turnkey contract with the Saudi Arabian satcom operator, Arabsat. Thales Alenia Space will provide the payload, while Astrium will supply the Eurostar E3000 platform and will be responsible for satellite integration.
Offering a design life of more than 15 years, Arabsat-6B will weigh approximately 6,100 kg at launch. It will provide telecommunications and TV broadcasting services for the Middle East and Africa.
Arianespace Chairman and CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall released a statement regarding the new business partnership with Arabsat, saying: “We are especially proud to be working once again with Arabsat, a very prestigious customer with whom we have maintained favored relations since the launch of Arabsat-1A in 1985. I would also like to thank Astrium and Thales Alenia Space for once again placing their trust in us, within the scope of this new turnkey contract.”
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