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Arianespace Wins Rascom Contract

By | October 22, 2008

      [Satellite News 10-22-08] Arianespace won a contract to launch the Rascom-QAF 1R satellite in 2010 aboard an Ariane 5 or Soyuz rocket from French Guiana, Arianespace announced Oct. 22.
          The satellite, being manufactured by Thales Alenia Space, will be equipped with 12 Ku-band transponders and eight C-band transponders. The satellite will provide telecoms services in rural areas of Africa over a period of 15 years, along with domestic and international connections, direct TV broadcast services and Internet access.
          Rascom QAF 1R will replace Rascom-QAF 1 satellite at 2.85 degrees East. The first Rascom satellite will have its expected lifetime cut short by a helium leak discovered shortly after its December 2007 launch.

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