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Arabsat 5C



Arabsat 5C, a communications satellite, was launched on 21 September 2011 from Kourou at 21:38 UT by an Ariane 5 rocket. The satellite weighed 4.63 tonnes and will provide a range of communication services across the Middle East and Africa. It's instruments includes four deployable antenna reflectors, 26 active C-band transponders and wide-band transponders over ten locations in Ka-band. Arabsat 5C will use its own propulsion system to guide itself to the final orbital location of 20-degrees East longitude, 22,300 miles over the equator. The satellite has a 15 year mission and will replace Arabsat2B which was launched in November 1996.

Alternate Names

  • 37810
  • Arabsat5C

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2011-09-21
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 4630 kg

Funding Agency

  • Arabsat Satellite Communications (International)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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