New multi-mission satellite to deliver broadcast, broadband and telecommunications services over Europe, Middle East, Africa and central AsiaTELEO payload for new generation optical communicationsEighth Eurostar satellite for Arabsat and first Eurostar NeoRiyadh, 18 August 2020 – Airbus has been contracted by Arabsat, one of the world’s top satellite operators, to build BADR-8, their new generation telecommunications satellite. BADR-8 will replace and increase Arabsat’s capacity and augment its core business at the BADR hotspot 26°E.The BADR-8 satellite will be based on the-state-of-the-art Airbus Eurostar Neo electric orbit raising platform giving access to a wide range of launchers.BADR-8 will also include the innovative Airbus developed TELEO optical communications payload demonstrator. This payload will enable very high capacity analogue optical feeder link communications, as part of the development by Airbus of a new generation of optical communications technology in space to be integrated in its future commercial products, which is highly robust against jamming.Jean-Marc Nasr, Head of Space Systems, said: “This important contract with our long-standing customer Arabsat has a special significance for Airbus Defence and Space. It is the first seventh-generation Arabsat satellite and the first Eurostar Neo satellite we are building for Arabsat after six previous Eurostar satellites. BADR-8 incorporates the best of our expertise and technologies, including a very innovative optical communications hosted payload. This further strengthens our continuing strategic partnership with the Arab Satellite Communications Organisation, which has been connecting people by satellite across the Middle East and the world for more than 40 years.”Khalid Balkheyour, President and CEO of Arabsat said “We are delighted to sign this contract with our long term partner Airbus. It marks another milestone in our objectives to provide customers with premium satellite technology with the highest level of performance, and to expand reliability and service security. BADR-8 will be joining our Badr-network at Arabsat 26°E hotspot, expanding our service over EMEA region.”The satellite is scheduled for launch in 2023 and its electric propulsion system will enable it to reach geostationary orbit in four to five months, depending on the type of launcher used. It has been designed to remain in service in orbit for more than 15 years. The satellite will have a launch mass of around 4.5 tonnes and power of 17 kW.
September 19 2022Arabsat and SpaceX sign contract to launch 7A satellite, Falcon 9 will carry Arabsat 7A to its orbital position 30.5 EastArab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) announced today that it has selected SpaceX’s Falcon 9 to launch its new satellite, Arabsat 7A. Arabsat 7A is the first Arabsat 7th generation satellite and is considered one of the latest satellite technologies in terms of manufacturing, payload, efficiency of performance, and coverage flexibility. This announcement marks the third time that Arabsat has selected SpaceX for launch: first in 2019 with Falcon Heavy’s launch of Arabsat and SpaceX will also launch Arabsat’s BADR-8 satellite on Falcon 9 next year. Al-Hamedi Al-Anezi, CEO of Arabsat, said, "We value our work with SpaceX. The signing of this agreement is an extension of the trusted relationship with SpaceX that has been built over the past few years since the launch of Arabsat 6A. Arabsat 7A will be one of Arabsat’s first software-defined payload satellites, offering high throughput Ku-band capacity to help Arabsat expand its services into several verticals to enhance its portfolio of products and solutions over the Middle East, Africa and beyond, to parts of Europe.”“We’re excited to be selected for our third Arabsat launch,” said SpaceX Vice President of Commercial Sales Tom Ochinero. “Having worked together on the Falcon Heavy launch of Arabsat 6A and the upcoming launch of BADR-8, our work with Arabsat is a testament to our Falcon fleet’s reliability and safety.”
Thermal vacuum tests ✅Airbus-built BADR-8 telecoms satellite 🛰️ for @Arabsat, currently going through intensive tests in our cleanrooms, is one of the first to be built on the new #EurostarNeo platform and is set for launch in 2023 🚀🔜 Mechanical Tests in December 2022
This new satellite aims to accompany the accelerated changes in the telecommunications sector and the future needs of the market, he added, noting that the satellite Badr-8 will be launched in May of this year.
Intelsat License LLC (“Intelsat”) herein requests 180 days of Special Temporary Authority(“STA”), commencing May 15, 2023, to use its Hagerstown, Maryland Ku-band earth station, CallSign KA258, to provide telemetry, tracking, and command (TT&C”) services to the BADR-8satellite during its launch and early orbit phase (“LEOP”), in-orbit testing (“IOT”), and the satellite’sdrift to its final orbital location. Intelsat expects the LEOP, IOT, and drift services to occur over a150-day period immediately following the launch. BADR-8 is expected to launch on May 22, 2023.
Airbus Eurostar Neo Arabsat BADR-8 telecoms satellite shipped to launch site08 May 2023Airbus’ latest next generation geostationary Eurostar Neo satellite Arabsat BADR-8 has been shipped to Cape Canaveral, ready for launch. The satellite will provide connectivity over Europe, Middle East, Africa, and central Asia and also features a world first Airbus’ innovative space demonstrator TELEO to provide space to ground optical communications at gigabit speeds. Airbus’ relationship with Arabsat stretches back 20 years, and BADR-8 is the eighth satellite built for the leading satellite services provider in the Arab world.The Airbus TELEO demonstrator will be used to validate technical scenarios and innovations for GEO to ground communications of the order of one terabit per second. This TELEO demonstrator will also enable very high capacity optical feeder link communications, by nature highly robust against jamming, as part of the development by Airbus of a new generation of optical communications technology in space.Arabsat’s BADR-8 satellite features increased payload capacity and more efficient power and thermal control systems and will replace and increase Arabsat’s capacity and augment its core business at the BADR hotspot 26°E in geostationary orbit.The state-of-the-art Airbus Eurostar Neo Arabsat BADR-8 satellite features electric orbit raising technology and is the third Airbus Eurostar Neo satellite to be launched.BADR-8 has been designed to remain in service in orbit for more than 15 years. The satellite has a launch mass of around 4.5 tons and it will deliver 17.8 kW of payload power. The satellite was transported to Florida on an Antonov An124.Airbus’ Eurostar Neo platform has been developed in the frame of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Partnership Projects, together with the French space agency CNES, and strongly supported by the UK Space Agency and other agencies across Europe. Airbus’ geostationary telecommunications satellites have clocked up more than 1,300 years of successful operation in orbit and are in service, or being built, for all of the world’s leading geostationary satellite operators.
Ready for launch! 🚀 Safely packed, the Airbus-built @Arabsat BADR-8 telecoms satellite 🛰️ is en route to its launch pad at Kennedy Space Center. 🇺🇸 The spacecraft is scheduled for lift off in late May, read more here https://airbus.com/en/newsroom/news/2023-05-airbus-eurostar-neo-arabsat-badr-8-telecoms-satellite-shipped-to-launch-site and stay tuned! 😉
BADR 8 has now arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Orlando, Florida and is anticipating its journey out of our world this month.Stay tuned for our official launch date 🚀!
Ben Cooper's Launch Photography Viewing Guide, updated May 12:QuoteA Falcon 9 will launch the Arabsat Badr 8 communications satellite from pad 40 on May TBD around 11:20 p.m. EDT [= ~03:20 UTC].
A Falcon 9 will launch the Arabsat Badr 8 communications satellite from pad 40 on May TBD around 11:20 p.m. EDT [= ~03:20 UTC].
NextSpaceflight, updated May 17:May 24 03:20 UTC = May 23 11:20 pm EDT
Which first stage will be used for this launch?The May 16 press briefing revealed Falcon 9 first stages are now cleared for use up to twenty times for Starlink launches. 1058.16 and 1060.16 are assumedly back in the rotation for such launches.
190920Z MAY 23NAVAREA IV 554/23(11,26).WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.FLORIDA.1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING 240320Z TO 240614Z MAY, ALTERNATE 0320Z TO 0614Z DAILY 25 THRU 30 MAY IN AREAS BOUND BY: A. 28-37.09N 080-36.15W, 28-38.00N 079-48.00W, 28-30.00N 079-48.00W, 28-30.00N 080-32.80W, 28-31.13N 080-33.34W. B. 28-36.00N 074-37.00W, 28-41.00N 072-13.00W, 28-35.00N 071-48.00W, 28-11.00N 071-47.00W, 28-04.00N 072-10.00W, 28-19.00N 074-37.00W. 2. CANCEL THIS MSG 300714Z MAY 23.//
SpaceX set new record of SLC-40 turnaround time - 121h 16m, 2h 22m faster.
Departure! Bob and JRTI droneship are underway from Port Canaveral for the Arabsat-7B mission!nsf.live/spacecoast
SPACE X ARABSAT BADR-8, CAPE CANAVERAL SFS, FLPRIMARY: 05/24/23 0320Z-0614ZBACKUP: 05/25-30/23 0320Z-0614Z
Quote from: spacenuance on 05/19/2023 05:27 pmAnother booster headed to the pad [May 19, NSF Space Coast Live camera]. Very sooty, probably 1062 if I had to guess.Yup, closeup shot shows the 62 on the booster
Another booster headed to the pad [May 19, NSF Space Coast Live camera]. Very sooty, probably 1062 if I had to guess.