Satellite operator Arabsat launched the Badr-5 satellite on Friday, the company has announced.
The hardware was launched by a Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Badr-5 will be co-located with the Badr-4 and Badr-6 direct-to-home (DTH) satellites at the 26 degrees east orbital position.
The new satellite has the capacity for more than 700 channels and adds crucial capacity for the addition of HD and 3D TV stations serving the Middle East.
“The launch of BADR-5 on ILS Proton was a significant event, kicking off the expansion of our fleet with the first of the new fifth generation Arabsat satellites,” said Khalid Balkheyour, president and CEO, Arabsat. “This satellite was launched on-time with perfect execution and will support our leadership role in the providing telecommunication services to the Arab world.”
Badr-5 will also be used for telecoms services – including broadband – in addition to providing a full in orbit back-up for the Arabsat fleet.
Balkheyour said that the Arabsat 5A would be launched to its exclusive position of 30.5 degrees east, covering Africa, large parts of Asia and the MENA region.