NILESAT 301 MISSION - Egypt successfully launches new ‘Nilesat 301’ in space

On Wednesday, June 8 at 5:04 p.m. ET, Falcon 9 launched Nilesat 301 to a geosynchronous transfer orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

This was the seventh launch and landing of this booster, which previously supported the launch of GPS III Space Vehicle 04, GPS III Space Vehicle 05, Inspiration4, Ax-1, and two Starlink missions.


The roughly 4,000-kilogram Nilesat 301 satellite will use onboard chemical propulsion to start its journey within the next couple of days, Sandrine Bielecki, spokesperson for Franco-Italian manufacturer Thales Alenia Space, said June 9.

It will likely take about a month for Nilesat 301 to reach its geostationary orbit slot at 7 degrees west, complete further tests and then enter commercial service to expand Nilesat’s African coverage.

SpaceX launched Nilesat 301 to geosynchronous transfer orbit with a Falcon 9 rocket at 5:04 p.m. Eastern June 9 from Space Launch Complex 40, located at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Shortly after launch, the rocket’s first stage landed on SpaceX’s drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean for reuse, marking the 116th time the company has successfully landed a first stage.

The booster has previously supported six earlier SpaceX launches, including two missions to the International Space Station and satellites for GPS navigation and Starlink broadband.

Based on Thales Alenia Space’s Spacebus 4000-B2 platform, Nilesat 301 carries Ku-band transponders for TV broadcasting and Ka-band capacity for internet services.

Egypt successfully launches new ‘Nilesat 301’ in space

It took a further 38 minutes for the first signal to work from the satellite that was received.

The launch ceremony was attended by Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Satellite Company Ahmed Anis, Chairman of the National Media Authority Hussein Zein, and leaders of the Egyptian Satellite Company.

Millions of Egyptians in Egypt’s cities and villages watched the launch of the new satellite, bringing about a qualitative leap in the satellite broadcasting sector in Egypt.

The launch of the new satellite comes after the completion of the testing operations that were carried out on the satellite after it was transferred from the manufacturing headquarters in Thales company, France, to the launch base of Cape Canaveral in Florida.

The manufacturing process of Nilesat 301 took nearly two and a half years.

And the new satellite will be the alternative to the “Nilesat 201”, which expires in 2028, as it has many modern technological advantages that enable it to continue competing in the broadcasting area.

The Nilesat 301 includes 38 channels, compared to 26 channels in “Nilesat 201.”

The satellite expands its coverage to include the countries of southern Africa and the Nile Basin countries, with the aim of achieving greater communication with the peoples of the African continent.

The new satellite can provide broadband internet services to cover Egypt, new infrastructure projects, new urban communities projects, and oil fields in the eastern Mediterranean, especially the Zohr Field.

Nilesat 301 is manufactured using advanced technology that enables it to identify and treat any source of interference on its own, to provide complete security for the television channels operating on it.

It is also characterized by the ability to maneuver the antennas to change coverage areas according to the needs of African countries, which are a new market for Nilesat satellites.

According to General Manager of Thales, Sherif Barakat, Nilesat 301 is the latest generation of satellites in space and has advantages that are not available in any other satellites.

Barakat told Nile News channel, Wednesday evening, that the new satellite is characterized by a very fast, highly secure transmission of data without interference.

He added that the new 301 satellite is distinguished by its ability to bypass any kind of obstruction that hinders data transmission.

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