Thales Alenia Space has received a contract from the Egyptian operator Nilesat to build a new geostationary communications satellite.
Positioned at 7° West, Nilesat-301 will work with Nilesat-201 to provide Ku-band services for the Middle East and North Africa. Nilesat-301 will also help to extend the company’s provision of Ku-band communications and direct digital broadcasting services in two new regions of Africa, while providing broadband Ka-band connectivity over all of Egypt
Thales Alenia Space, a Franco-Italian manufacturer, will be responsible for satellite design, production, testing, and in-orbit acceptance tests. It will also provide the satellite control system for Nilesat in Cairo and Alexandria.
The satellite is based on the Spacebus 4000-B2 platform and will weigh about 4 metric tons. Expected to launch in the first quarter of 2022, it offers a design life of over 15 years.
Following Nilesat-201, Nilesat-301 is the second geostationary communications satellite built by Thales Alenia Space for Nilesat. It is also the fourth payload developed by Thales Alenia Space for the Egyptian operator.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Thales Alenia Space.