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Nilesat 301 communications satellite successfully launched

The satellite will be located at the 7 degrees West orbital slot and provide Ku-band services for the Middle East and North Africa.

The Nilesat 301 communications satellite, built by Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%) for Egyptian operator Nilesat was successfully launched today from Cape Canaveral launch pad, Florida (USA), on board of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Nilesat 301 is intended to reinforce the Egyptian operator’s commercial leadership in broadcast services at 7°W over MENA and its KU-band feature will enable it to open new services over Southern Africa and Nile Basin.

In addition, a state-of-the-art multibeam Ka-band mission will support Nilesat’s entry in the broadband connectivity market over Egypt.

As prime contractor, Thales Alenia Space was responsible for the satellite design, production, testing and in-orbit acceptance tests. Nilesat will also benefit from brand new satellite control facilities installed in Cairo and Alexandria, which are already operational to control Nilesat 201 in orbit. The satellite is based on the Spacebus 4000-B2 platform with about four metric tons at launch and a design life exceeding 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.

“We are delighted to continue supporting Nilesat in this growth by delivering customized satellite products with outstanding performance,” commented Hervé Derrey, CEO of Thales Alenia Space.

“This achievement proves that our telecommunications offer perfectly replies to the telecom market’s needs and that we are perfectly capable of providing tailored solutions that meet each operator’s specific requirements, to enhance global connectivity and reduce the digital divide.”