Nilesat 102 goes dark?

Nilesat 102 is reportedly being moved from its 7 deg West position. Its mission has been taken over by Nilesat 201.

Nilesat 102 was launched in August 2000 with an estimated life of 15 years and has thus completed its primary mission. Its replacement, Nilesat 201, was launched in August 2010.

While some comments suggest 102 is being drifted to a graveyard orbit this may not necessarily be correct and would depend entirely on the amount of fuel still left on the satellite.

Nilesat works closely with Eutelsat (at 8 deg West) and coordinates TV transmissions to the MENA region from the 7-8 deg West positions.

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