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Tech & Science SpaceX will launch a 4-ton satellite for Egypt's Nilesat in 2022

13:05  25 january  2020
13:05  25 january  2020 Source:   space.com

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NileSat , an Egyptian satellite operator, has picked SpaceX to launch a new communications satellite in 2022 . SpaceX and Nilesat signed a contract in Cairo, Egypt Tuesday (Jan. 21) for the launch of the hefty NileSat -301 geostationary communications satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX officials said

India's first indigenously built satellite , Aryabhata, launched on a Soviet rocket in 1975, with the purpose of conducting experiments in X -ray astronomy and solar physics. SpaceX will launch a 4 - ton satellite for Egypt ' s Nilesat in 2022 .

The NileSat-301 communications satellite is set to launch in 2022 with SpaceX. © Provided by Space The NileSat-301 communications satellite is set to launch in 2022 with SpaceX.

NileSat, an Egyptian satellite operator, has picked SpaceX to launch a new communications satellite in 2022.

SpaceX and Nilesat signed a contract in Cairo, Egypt Tuesday (Jan. 21) for the launch of the hefty NileSat-301 geostationary communications satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX officials said in an announcement.

The four-metric-ton satellite is built to last over 15 years and is based on the Spacebus 4000-B2 platform. NileSat-301 will support NileSat's Ku-band communications and digital broadcasting services, specifically in two new, large regions in Africa. The addition of this new satellite will also provide Ka-band connectivity for all of Egypt. 

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Commercial Egyptian satellite communications provider Nilesat reportedly awarded SpaceX the contract on January 21st and announced the news the Nilesat 301 will replace Nilesat 201 and is expected to weigh around 4 .1 metric tons (9050 lb) when it launches in 2022 , meaning that SpaceX

SpaceX will also be treading new ground with the deployment of this Starlink batch. Rather than rely on 60 distinct spring-based deployment mechanisms Many other Starlink launches will follow this one. The constellation, which is designed to provide affordable internet service to people around the world

Ku-band and Ka-band connections use different frequencies, or different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Ku-band uses frequencies in the 12-18GHz range and Ka-band uses frequencies ranging from 26.5-40GHz.

Last year, NileSat chose the company Thales Alenia Space to build NileSat-301, according to BroadcastPro Middle East. Now, with some launch help from SpaceX, NileSat will be able to expand their direct digital broadcasting services and communications throughout Africa.

Sunday (Jan. 19), SpaceX successfully launched its Crew Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket as part of an in-flight abort test, which is designed to ensure crew safety should a crewed mission suffer an anomaly after launch. The company also plans to launch its next Starlink mission Monday (Jan. 27) following a weather delay. 

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