Thuraya to launch second satellite

US aerospace giant Boeing has shipped Thuraya’s second mobile communications satellite from its manufacturing facility in preparation for its launch early next month.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  May 21, 2003

US aerospace giant Boeing has shipped Thuraya’s second mobile communications satellite from its manufacturing facility in preparation for its launch early next month.

‘Thuraya-2’ has been delivered to the Sea Launch Company’s home port in Long Beach, California, and is expected to be lifted into orbit by a Sea Launch Zenit-3SL rocket from the Odyseey Launch Platform positioned on the equator in the Pacific Ocean.

The satellite’s launch was originally intended to take place in the first quarter of this year. Thuraya-2 will eventually take over from the operator’s first satellite, also built by Boeing.

“With its powerful digital signal processor and the ability to handle nearly 14,000 simultaneous phone calls, Thuraya-2 is one of the most advanced satellites we’ve delivered to-date,” said Dave Ryan, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International.

“I am fully confident that Thuraya-2 has the quality and reliability to support Thuraya’s continued success providing vital mobile communications services to a vast portion of the globe,” added Ryan.

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