Nilesat 102

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Nilesat 102
Mission type Communications
Operator Nilesat
COSPAR ID 2000-046B
SATCAT № 26470
Mission duration 18 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus Eurostar-2000
Manufacturer Matra Marconi
Launch mass 1,827 kilograms (4,028 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 17 August 2000, 23:16:00 (2000-08-17UTC23:16Z) UTC
Rocket Ariane 44LP
Launch site Kourou ELA-2
Contractor Arianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 7° west
Perigee 35,773 kilometres (22,228 mi)
Apogee 35,810 kilometres (22,250 mi)
Inclination 0.02 degrees
Period 23.93 hours
Epoch 30 October 2013, 02:26:06 UTC[1]
Band 12 Ku-band

Nilesat 102 is an Egyptian owned geosynchronous communications satellite that was launched by an Ariane 44LP rocket from Kourou, French Guiana on August 17, 2000 at 23:16 UTC by the European Space Agency. It was manufactured by the European company Matra Marconi Space (Astrium), and started official broadcasting on 12 September 2000 with an expected lifetime of 15 years. At launch the spacecraft weighed 1,827 kg (fully fuelled).

Nilesat 102 is operated by the Egyptian satellite Co. Nilesat, which was established in 1996 with the purpose of operating Egyptian satellites and their associated ground control station and uplinking facilities.

It is now decommissioned and awaiting new instructions for end of life use probably in other locations, giving most of its remaining payload over to Nilesat 201 at 7w and Eutelsat 7 West A at 7.3w in June 2015 and is still parked at the geostationary orbital position of 7° West (June 2015) where its sister satellite Nilesat 101 was co-located and carried 12 Ku band 100 W high power wide beam transponders of 33 MHz bandwidth originally to provide digital communications and terrestrial Direct to Home (DTH) TV, radio broadcasting, multimedia and data services for countries in the Arab World and South Europe. The two satellites carried approximately 280 TV channels covering all the Middle East countries; from Iran in the east to the Atlantic Ocean in the west, and from south Europe in the north to the centre of Africa in the south.

Nilesat and Eutelsat agreed in September 2005 to lease capacity on Eutelsat’s Hot Bird 4 satellite after relocating it to 7° West and renaming it to Nilesat 103, the satellite is scheduled to be repositioned to this location in second quarter 2006 after the launch and entry into service of Eutelsat’s Hot Bird 7A and Hot Bird 8 satellites.


  1. "NILESAT 102 Satellite details 2000-046B NORAD 26470". N2YO. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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