Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

#WeAreHere: "Ghost" Soldiers of the Somme

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Liberia UNMIL mission: UN to hand security control to government

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Chaos and confusion after Brexit, Istanbul Airport attack (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Bitter Divorce: Chaos and confusion after Brexit (part 1)

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Extinction crisis: Saving the planet's species from an irreversible fate

Read more

#THE 51%

Unlocking the code: Women refugees offered classes in coding

Read more

#TECH 24

Viva Technology!

Read more

ENCORE!

Marcia Gay Harden, a down-to-earth Hollywood star

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

France’s Camargue region and its herdsmen

Read more

Satellites launched for Arab League and U.S. firm

Latest update : 2008-07-08

The European consortium Arianespace launched two telecommunications satellites into orbit Monday, marking the 26th successful mission for the Ariane 5 rocket.

 

An Ariane-5 rocket blasted off from Europe's space base in French Guiana on Monday, putting into orbit satellites for the Arab League and a U.S.-linked telecommunications firm, officials said.

 

 

Twenty-seven minutes after its launch from the Kourou base, the rocket released ProtoStar-1 -- the first satellite for the new U.S.-based telecommunications company ProtoStar.

 

 

The satellite, built in Palo Alto, California by Space Systems/Loral, will help to provide direct-to-home television transmissions and broadband services throughout Southeast Asia.

 

 

Eight minutes later, the rocket released a BADR-6 satellite for Arabsat, the 21-nation telecommunications group of the Arab League, that is designed for direct television broadcasting to the Middle East and North Africa.

 

 

In a Web broadcast from Paris, Arabsat president Khalid Balkeyour said: "Arabsat ... operates under the umbrella of the Arab League. Our strategy in the next four years is to launch a satellite every year. This will enhance our capacity in space."

 

 

The BADR-6 was built jointly by Astrium, satellite manufacturing unit of European aerospace company EADS, and Franco-Italian consortium Thales Alenia Space.

Date created : 2008-07-08

COMMENT(S)