Alcatel Alenia Space To Provide Communication Payload For Arabsat BADR-6 Satellite.

Alcatel Alenia Space announced Thursday it will provide the communication payload for the fourth-generation BADR-6 Full Moon satellite for Arabsat. BADR-6, with prime contractor EADS Astrium, is expected to be launched in 2008.

The BADR-6 will be used by the Arab League's telecommunications organization to expand and optimize capacity for direct TV broadcasting, telephony and data transmissions over a coverage zone encompassing the entire Middle East and North Africa region, from Morocco to the Gulf, and a large part of sub-Saharan Africa.

The satellite will be co-located at 26 degrees east longitude with Arabsat's satellites. It is fitted with 44 transponders, 24 C-band and 20 Ku-band for a power of 6 kilowatts. The payload, developed at Alcatel's facilities in France, will be integrated on the EADS Astrium Eurostar E2000+ spacecraft.

Since the 1980s, Alcatel Alenia Space has delivered two fourth-generation satellite payloads to Arabsat, three first-generation satellites, two second-generation satellites and one third-generation satellite.

Arabsat is the leading provider of satellite communications to the Arab communities in the Middle East. Ranked as the 10th largest satellite operator globally, Arabsat offers multi-mission satellite services, such as television, telephony, Internet and the provision of VSAT and other interactive services.

Arabsat's satellites provide coverage to more than 100 countries in the Middle East, Africa and the major parts of Europe.