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SpaceX Falcon 9 : Arabsat 7A : 2026
« on: 09/21/2022 02:14 am »
Discussion thread for Arabsat 7A mission.

Launching 2026 on Falcon 9.



ARABSAT INVESTS INTO CUTTING EDGE SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY BY SIGNING A CONTRACT WITH THALES ALENIA SPACE TO SUPPLY A SOFTWARE-DEFINED SATELLITE
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Riyadh, April 29, 2022 – ARABSAT, the leading regional satellite operator in the Middle East and Africa, and Thales Alenia Space, the joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), have signed a contract to build ARABSAT-7A, a fully flexible Software-Defined Satellite (SDS) based on the Space Inspire (INstant SPace In-orbit REconfiguration) platform by Thales Alenia Space.

With this contract, ARABSAT joins the exclusive club of geostationary satellite operators who have chosen this revolutionary technology to empower their business and transition from traditional bent-pipe GEO satellites to the highly agile and adaptable SDSs which are expected to change the face of the geostationary satcom industry. Indeed, the Space Inspire platform will enable seamless telecom mission and services reconfiguration of the ARABSAT-7A satellite, instant in-orbit adjustment to broadband connectivity demand, and superior video broadcasting performance while maximizing the effective use of satellite resources.

ARABSAT 7A will join ARABSAT 6A and 5A at its data hotspot at 30.5E. It will replace the bulk of the existing C and Ku-band capacity on ARABSAT 5A as this satellite reaches end-of-life to ensure a seamless transition for customers and partners. It will also offer ample high-throughput Ku-band capacity to help ARABSAT expand its services into several verticals to enhance its portfolio of products and solutions over Middle East, Africa and beyond, to parts of Europe.



ARABSAT AND SPACEX SIGN CONTRACT TO LAUNCH 7A SATELLITE, FALCON 9 WILL CARRY ARABSAT 7A TO ITS ORBITAL POSITION 30.5 EAST
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September 19 2022
Arabsat and SpaceX sign contract to launch 7A satellite, Falcon 9 will carry Arabsat 7A to its orbital position 30.5 East
Arab 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.”

Satellite render copyright Thales Alenia
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : Arabsat 7A : 2026
« Reply #1 on: 02/19/2023 10:21 pm »
Turns out this launch is still a few years out. It is now set to launch in 2026.

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Alsuwaidan noted in this sense that "Arabsat" has signed the contract for the manufacture of the new satellite "Arabsat 7A" (to be launched in 2026), and is considered one of the latest satellite technologies in terms of manufacturing, performance efficiency and flexibility of coverage.

https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/617117035/morocco-major-player-in-arab-satellite-communications-organization-arabsat-official

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