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January 27th, 2020

Nilesat Selects SpaceX to Launch Their Nilesat-301 Satellite

Egyptian satellite operator Nilesat has partnered with SpaceX for the launch of the Nilesat-301 geostationary communications satellite in 2022.

A contract was sealed between Nilesat and SpaceX in Cairo on January 21 and this is the first cooperation between the two companies.

Artistic rendition of the Nilesat-301 satellite.

Image is courtesy of satellite manufacturer, Thales Alenia Space.

Last year, Thales Alenia Space won and signed a contract with Nilesat to build Nilesat-301.The satellite is based on the Spacebus 4000-B2 platform and will weigh about four metric tons at launch. Nilesat-301  offers a design life exceeding 15 years.

Nilesat-301 will help extend the company’s provision of Ku-band communications and direct digital broadcasting services in two new large regions of Africa, while also providing broadband Ka-band connectivity over all of Egypt.