|Mission duration||15 years|
|Manufacturer||Thales Alenia Space|
|Launch mass||3,200 kilograms (7,100 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||4 August 2010, 20:59UTC|
|Rocket||Ariane 5ECA V196|
|Launch site||Kourou ELA-3|
|Perigee||35,765 kilometres (22,223 mi)|
|Apogee||35,819 kilometres (22,257 mi)|
|Epoch||29 October 2013, 04:04:54 UTC|
Nilesat 201 will enable the Egyptian satellite operator Nilesat to deliver digital Direct to Home (DTH) TV and radio broadcasting and high-speed data transmission services to North Africa and the Middle East starting in September 2010. It was built by Thales Alenia Space in the Cannes Mandelieu Space Center, and is based around the Spacebus 4000B2 satellite bus. It will be operated in geosynchronous orbit, at a longitude of 7° West. The spacecraft has a design life of 15 years and a mass at launch of 3.2 tonnes. It is powered by solar arrays which will generate 5.9 kilowatts of electricity at the end of the spacecraft's design life. It will carry 40 transponders, of which 24 will be Ku band for broadcasting, and 4 will be Ka band. Nilesat 201 was launched by an Ariane 5ECA rocket at 20:59 UTC on 4 August 2010.
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