Thursday, June 14, 2007

ILS to Launch 5th-Generation Satellite for Arabsat

Arabsat selected International Launch Services (ILS) to launch a fifth-generation satellite -- either Arabsat-5A or BADR-5 -- in the 2009-2010 timeframe on a Proton Breeze M vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. ILS partner Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center builds the Proton in Russia.

A consortium of EADS Astrium and Thales Alenia Space is building the satellites and is responsible for delivering the satellites in orbit. EADS Astrium will supply the Eurostar E3000 platforms and integrate the satellites. Thales Alenia Space will design and build the communications payloads.