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Arianespace to launch new pan-African satellite Rascom-QAF 1R

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:58 pm
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(Arianespace) – Arianespace and Thales Alenia Space today announced the signature of the launch Service & Solutions contract for the pan-African communications satellite, Rascom-QAF 1R.

Rascom-QAF 1R is scheduled for launch into geostationary transfer orbit in 2010. It will be launched by an Ariane 5 or Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

Rascom-QAF 1R, built by Thales Alenia Space as part of a turnkey contract with the Regional African Satellite Communication Organization (RascomStar-QAF), will provide telecommunication services in rural areas of Africa over a period of 15 years, along with domestic and international connections, direct TV broadcast services and Internet access.

Based on a Spacebus 4000B3 platform, Rascom-QAF 1R will be equipped with 12 Ku-band transponders and eight C-band transponders. Replacing Rascom-QAF 1, it will be positioned at 2.85 degrees East. The satellite will weigh about 3,200 kg at launch, and offer 6.4 kW of end-of-life power

About Arianespace

Arianespace is the world’s leading launch Service & Solutions company, delivering innovative services and solutions to its customers since 1980. Backed by 23 shareholders and the European Space Agency, Arianespace offers an unrivalled launcher family, comprising Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega, and an international workforce renowned for their culture of excellence. As of October 1, 2008, Arianespace had launched a total of 263 payloads for 70 customers, including more than half of all the commercial satellites now in service worldwide. It has a backlog of nearly 25 Ariane 5 and 10 Soyuz launches, equal to more than 3 years of business.

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