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The Launch

Thuraya 2 Launched Successfully…

Thuraya marked another milestone by successfully launching its second satellite Thuraya 2 on the 10th of June.

The Thuraya 2 satellite was deployed into geosynchronous transfer orbit by Sea Launch, which was also the launching vehicle for Thuraya’s first satellite. Thuraya 1 in October 2000. Thuraya’s third satellite is being built by Boeing Satellite System to expand system capacity.

The Thuraya 2, on board the Zenit-3SL rocket lifted off from the Odyssey Launch Platform positioned on the Odyssey Launch Platform positioned on the equator in the Pacific Ocean. The 44-minute launch window opened at 5:56 pm UAE time (13:56 GMT) on June 10th 2004.

Thuraya’s chosen launch vehicle Sea Launch is one of the world’s leading reliable heavy-lift launch service providers for commercial satellite sector.

About Thuraya 2 Satellite…

Thuraya 2 derives solar power from two 5-panel arrays, incorporating the flat planar design now standard on all Boeing 702 satellites. These arrays carry a new generation of triple junction solar cells, designed to provide 11 kilowatts of power throughout the satellite’s 12-year design life.

At the heart of the spacecraft communication system is Boeing’s advanced digital signal processor. Built with five times more capability than its predecessors, its computing power exceeds that of 3,000 Pentium IV-based computers. With nearly 300 spot beams that can be redirected on orbit, Thuraya D2 will enable tens of thousands of simultaneous phone calls-routed from one handheld unit to another, or to a terrestrial network.

Press Release June 11, 2003

Abu-Dhabi, UAE- Thuraya has successrfully launched its second satellite, the Thuraya-2 into geosynchronous orbit yesterday, thereby expanding its capacity and opening up new opportunities in its service and application offerings.

The Thuraya-2 satellite, placed into a position of 28.5 degrees East, will undergo strenuous in orbit testing over the coming weeks. It will then be repositioned closer to Thuraya-1, which now stands at 44 degrees East, in readiness for its new operational requirements.

The Thuraya-2 satellite was put into orbit yesterday be Sea Launch, which also deployed Thuraya-1 in 2000. The spacecraft separated from the launch vehicle about one hour and 40 minutes after the launch. This was followed minutes later by the receipt of its first signals to a telemetry, tracing and control station at Uralla, Australia, confirming normal operation.

“We are extremely pleased with the success of Thuraya 2 . it will built on our current achievements, and enable us to substantially expand our satellite capacity. It will open up new directions of growth; whether we want to bolster capacity in some areas, expand into new markets, or diversify into new satellite based applications, “said Thuraya’s Chairman Mohammad Omran.

Speaking on the occasion, Dave Ryan, president of BSSI said; “The newest light in the heavens in Thuraya-2, a mobile communications satellite that will help connect users on the move within a vast area of the globe. A thorough check-out on orbit lies ahead for the satellite, and we are confident that it will soon take its place as a vital long term asset supporting Thuraya’s future growth.”

The Thuraya-2, designed to operate for 12 years, is a Boeing GEO-Mobile model satellite built by Boeing Satellite Systems of El Segundo, California. BSS also designed and built the ground system and supplied handsets for the Thuraya network.

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