Arabsat planning expansion
July 28, 2016
By Chris Forrester
Arabsat’s Badr-6 satellite (Badr = Full Moon of Full Moons) was launched back in July 2008 and orbits from the 26 degrees East orbital slot. Arabsat, headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is to replace and expand the scope and reach of the position.
A report from Arabsat says that the satellite operator will invest $350 million to expand itself, including an upgrade to Badr-6.
Arabsat’s deputy Board chairman (Hamid Habib Al-Gattan, Kuwait’s Communications Undersecretary) speaking at Arabsat’s meeting of shareholders in Qatar said Arabsat is also considering additional expansion and investments in the satellite sector.
Arabsat 6B (also known as Badr-7) was launched in November 2015 to 26 degrees East, and Arabsat has two more “sixth generation” projects in its pipeline.