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Thuraya 1



Thuraya 1 is a United Arab Emirate (UAE) geosynchronous communications spacecraft that was launched at 05:52 UT by a Zenit 3SL rocket from a floating Sea Launch platform in the equatorial Pacific. The 3,200 kg (5,100 kg with fuel), 13 kW spacecraft is designed to handle thousands of voice, fax, and data transmissions simultaneously from/to mobile telephones, via its 128-element phased array antenna of 12 m x 16 m dimension in the L-band, after parking over 44 deg-E longitude.

Alternate Names

  • 26578
  • Thuraya1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2000-10-21
Launch Vehicle: Zenit 3SL
Launch Site: Odyssey (Sea Launch Platform),
Mass: 3200 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (United Arab Emirates)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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