NATIONAL SATELLITE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES
 
 
 
Technology
  Thuraya Technology
    System Architecture
    Thuraya - 1
    - Thuraya-1
    - The Launch
    - Mission Profile
    - Launch Impressions
    - Launch Press Release
    Thuraya - 2
    Thuraya - 3
  Technology Papers
 
 
Launch Press Release
 

17th October 2000

Abu Dhabi: The launch of Thuray-1 , the first satellite for the UAE-based Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company is set for 21 October 2000 (UAE time). Thuraya-1 will be launched by a Sea Launch rocket from the middle of the pacific ocean, near the equator.

The launch mission will start on 21st October at 6:15 a.m. Greenwich time (that is 10:15 a.m. UAE time, on 21 October 2000). The launch will be proceeded by the opening of the launch window which will last for 45 minutes. The launch mission will be broadcast live on UAE satellite TV channels, and some regional satellite TV channels. The mission is expected to take 2 hours and 22 minutes before the satellite is successfully delivered, however TV transmission is expected to start by half an hour earlier.

With 5,108 kg. (11,260 pound) payload, Thuraya-1 is among the world's largest commercial satellites, and the heaviest to launch on the Zenit-3SL rocket to date. It is also the first mobile telecommunications satellite initiated by the Middle Eastern region. Thuraya's mobile satellite system will provide world-class mobile satellite telephony to nearly 100 countries in Europe, north and central Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

Designed for a 12 – year lifespan, Thuraya -1 will be placed in geo-synchronous orbit at 44 degrees East Longitude, inclined at 6.3 degrees, 36,000 km (approximately 22,500 miles) above the Earth. Boeing Satellite Systems (formerly Hughes Space and Communications) built the Boeing GEM (geo-synchronous-mobile) model spacecraft in El Segundo, California.

   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NATIONAL SATELLITE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES IS A SOLUTION PROVIDER COMPANY HIGH QUALITY
SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS TO COMPLEMENT THE TELECOM NETWORKS
| | | | | | | | |
   
  | | | | |