Designed with quality in mind, the BADR 4 at 26.0°E was manufactured by EADS Astrium and based off the Eurostar-2000+ model bus. The satellite is operated by Arabsat. The BADR 4 at 26.0°E uses a Norad number of 29526, and a Cospar number of 2006-051A. The payload power of the satellite is about 6 kW. The satellite has 1 top floor antenna, and two deployable antennas. Finally, the BADR 4 at 26.0°E is powered by solar panels which supply 12.5 W of power. In all, Swiss Cast is proud to offer the BADR 4 at 26.0°E.
The BADR 4 at 26.0°E was launched on February 28th, 2006. The launch took place at the Bikonur Cosmodrome, located in Kazakhstan. The BADR 4 at 26.0°E was launched into orbit with the help of a Proton M launch vehicle. At launch, the BADR 4 at 26.0°E weighed 3,304 kg. The dry mass of the BADR 4 at 26.0°E after the launch was much lower at 1,487 kg.
The orbit of the BADR 4 at 26.0°E takes place at 26.0°E. This is a geostationary orbit, with a perigee of 35,780 km and an apogee of 35,791 km. The eccentricity is 1.30E-04. Finally, the inclination of the orbit of BADR 4 at 26.0°E is 0.07 degrees.
The BADR 4 at 26.0°E uses the beacons 12499V, 12497H, 17302V, 12748V, 17306H, and 12750H.
Swiss Cast has a lot of confidence in the transponders that are onboard the BADR 4 at 26.0°E. Onboard the BADR 4 at 26.0°E is 28 Ku-band transponders. These transponders are able to provide coverage throughout Northern Africa and parts of Europe and the Middle East. In addition, onboard are 3 Ku-band beams. These beams are the Ku-band BSS beam, Ku-band special MBC beam, and the Ku-band FSS beam.
Track record is important, and this is something that Swiss Cast looks at very closely when making a decision to offer a satellite. Arabsat which operates the BADR 4 at 26.0°E has a strong track record. Arabsat has launched 5 generations of satellites consisting of over separate 10 satellites going back to the 1980’s. In addition, over 20 different countries are listed as being shareholders in Arabsat. Arabsat knows what they are doing, and Swiss Cast is confident in their track record.
The lifetime expectancy of the BADR 4 at 26.0°E is estimated to be at 15 years. This would take the BADR 4 at 26.0°E through 2021. Due to the track record, it is possible that the BADR 4 at 26.0°E will live beyond it’s expected expiration date. Swiss Cast is committed to bringing you high-quality satellite service for many years to come.