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Arabsat BADR-8 shipped to Florida

May 9, 2023

By Chris Forrester

Arabsat’s latest satellite, its impressive BADR-8, has been flown from the Airbus Space & Defence facility in Toulouse, France, to its launch pad in Florida.

The launch, towards the end of this month, will be handled by SpaceX.

BADR-8 is a latest next generation geostationary Eurostar Neo satellite. 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 Saudi Arabia-based operator.

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 a giant Ukrainian-owned Antonov An124 aircraft.

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