An Ariane 5 rocket from European launch company Arianespace successfully lifted off on November 26, carrying a communications satellite for the Egypt and a satellite for Inmarsat.
The rocket took off at 4:23 p.m. Eastern from the Guiana Space Center in South America following a two-day delay because of a launch site power problem and a one-day weather delay. Egypt’s TIBA-1 satellite separated 27 minutes after the launch, followed by Inmarsat’s GX-5 satellite 34 minutes after the take-off.
The mission was the 250th of an Ariane-family rocket, and one of the last for the Ariane 5, which still has 11 missions to complete. Europe is phasing out the Ariane 5, its heavy-carry vehicle, from 2020 to 2023 in favor of the lower value Ariane 6, which is now in production.
TIBA-1, named after the traditional Egyptian capital, Tiba, is the Egyptian authorities’ first satellite.
Thales Alenia House and Airbus co-built the 5,600-kilogram satellite, with Airbus supplying the bus and Thales Alenia Area providing the Ka-band payload. Airbus further procured the satellite’s launch on behalf of the government of Egypt.
François Gaullier, Airbus Defence and Space senior vice president of telecommunications satellite tv for pc techniques, stated in a post-launch speech that the corporate had received telemetry from the satellite, showing it’s healthy in orbit.
TIBA-1 is planned to provide connectivity across Egypt and other international locations along the Nile river.
Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Expertise said TIBA-1 is the first in a series of “TIBA Sat” missions the nation plans shortly.
Egypt aims to “disrupt the communications business in Egypt and Africa” with the TIBA Sat satellites, foreshadowing a brand new player into a market where Middle East operators Spacecom, Yahsat, Es’hailSat, and Arabsat are all present.