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Arabsat confirms BADR-7 mission and contract

by Chris Newbould on Jan 20, 2013




ARABSAT has finalized the mission definition for BADR-7 and confirmed the in-orbit delivery contract to the consortium of Astrium and Thales Alenia Space which has already started building the new satellite.

Astrium and Thales Alenia Space are jointly responsible for building the satellite and delivering it in orbit. Astrium, the leading partner, will supply the Eurostar E3000 platform and integrate the satellites. Thales Alenia Space will design and build the communications payload.

In a ceremony today in Ryadh, Eng. Khalid Balkheyour, ARABSAT president and CEO, Eric Béranger, CEO of Astrium Satellites and Jean-Loïc Galle, CEO of Thales Alenia Space signed the contract which defines the new mission assigned to the satellite.

Following the signing François Auque, CEO of Astrium, said: "I want to thank ARABSAT for having awarded Astrium the joint responsibility of building and integrating BADR-7. This order is another illustration of the fact that the state-of-the-art technologies developed and produced by European industry are recognized worldwide."
 

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