Edinburgh, 7 October 2022. – The Arab Satellite Communications Organization, Arabsat, signed a contract with SpaceX to launch its 7A satellite, Arabist said.
Arabsat 7A is the first of the company’s 7th generation satellites, featuring the latest technologies with regards to manufacturing, payload, performance, and flexibility. This is the third time that Arabsat has selected SpaceX as a launch partner. The first deployment took place in 2019, launching Arabsat 6A. In addition, the companies have already agreed on the launch of the BADR-8 satellite aboard Falcon 9 next year.
Arabsat 7A will be a software-defined payload satellite, offering high throughput Ku-band capacity, the company said. Arabsat is aiming to expand its services over the Middle East, Africa and beyond.