Full Moon on horizon for Alcatel

Alcatel Alenia Space is to provide the communication payload for the fourth-generation BADR-6 “Full Moon” satellite, for the Arab Satellite Communications Organisation (Arabsat).

BADR-6 satellite, whose prime contractor is EADS Astrium, is expected to be operational in 2008.

The BADR-6 satellite will be used by the Arab League’s telecommunications organisation to expand and optimise capacity for direct TV broadcasting, telephony and data transmissions. Its coverage zone encompasses the entire Middle East and North Africa region, from Morocco to the Gulf, and a large part of sub-Saharan Africa.

This satellite will be co-located at 26o East, with the other Arabsat satellites. It is fitted with 44 transponders, 24 C-band and 20 Ku-band for a power of 6kW. The payload, to be developed in Alcatel Alenia Space facilities in France, will be integrated on the EADS Astrium Eurostar E2000+ spacecraft.

Blaise Jaeger, general manager, satellite telecommunication activities, Alcatel Alenia Space, said, “This contract strengthens Alcatel Alenia Space’s leading position in the worldwide telecommunication payload market”.

Since the 1980s, Alcatel Alenia Space has delivered two fourth generation satellite payloads to Arabsat, three first-generation satellites, two second-generation satellites and one third-generation satellite.