Nilesat launch

Nilesat 301, to be launched into Nilesat’s 7 ° West slot, is built by Thales Alenia Space on the Spacebus-4000B2 platform and is expected to weigh 4100 kilograms at launch. It will provide digital broadband and internet connectivity services for the Egyptian operator Nilesat.

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5 Responses to Nilesat launch

  1. James says:

    I can see the Chinese wanting to compete with Thales in this business in a big way.

    • TTG says:


      I know China is scared to death of the potential of Starlink, not just for its military applications, but for its ability to connect people without any government control.

      • James says:


        Yes – but the Chinese are very smart about censorship. They realize that all they have to do is raise the costs a bit and most people won’t bother. How many Americans watch RT? Not many – and those who do are largely thought to be cranks by their friends and family.

        It is the same way in China. Ninety five percent of people just follow the herd.

  2. Lars says:

    I watched the launch from my driveway and it was very nice, since it happened before the afternoon rains came across the river. It did interrupt Happy Hour somewhat, but watching another launch is worth it. As I was watching it, I was thinking about how routine this has become. 20 – 25 years ago, we got to watch some spectacular failures as rockets blew up. I know of one of the pioneers in the real early days, who rode out to the rocket to smack it with a hammer after it did not launch and that fixed whatever was wrong. There is no way they would let that happen nowadays.

  3. KjHeart says:

    this is fabulous – thanks for posting – this (and other similar launches) are putting paid to some of Tesla’s dreams – I like Tesla’s dreams – hope for mankind in a lot of them

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