Nilesat 201
Mission typeCommunications
COSPAR ID2010-037A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.36830
Mission duration15 years
Spacecraft properties
BusSpacebus 4000B2
ManufacturerThales Alenia Space
Launch mass3,200 kilograms (7,100 lb)
Power5,700 watts
Start of mission
Launch date4 August 2010, 20:59 (2010-08-04UTC20:59Z) UTC
RocketAriane 5ECA V196
Launch siteKourou ELA-3
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude7° West
Perigee altitude35,765 kilometres (22,223 mi)
Apogee altitude35,819 kilometres (22,257 mi)
Inclination0.04 degrees
Period23.93 hours
Epoch29 October 2013, 04:04:54 UTC[1]
Band24 Ku-band (Linear)
4 Ka-band (Circular)[2]
Bandwidth33 MHz, 54 MHz[2]
Coverage areaMENA

Nilesat 201, is an Egyptian communications satellite, which was launched on 4 August 2010.[3][4]

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.[5] It was built by Thales Alenia Space in the Cannes Mandelieu Space Center, and is based on 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.[6]


  1. ^ "NILESAT 201 Satellite details 2010-037A NORAD 36830". N2YO. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Nilesat 201 Technical Info". Archived from the original on April 28, 2022.
  3. ^ "Rocket launched in French Guiana with 2 communication satellites to serve Africa, Middle East". The Associated Press (CP). Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Arianespace... Rascom-QAF1R and Nilesat 201...Locked, Loaded and Launched!". Satnews Daily. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Two Thales Alenia Space communications satellites arrive at launch site". Archived from the original on 2010-07-24. Retrieved 2010-07-28. Thales Alenia Space Press Release, Cannes, June 30, 2010
  6. ^ Clark, Stephen (4 August 2010). "Ariane 5 rocket powers African satellites to orbit". Ariane Launch Report. Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 9 August 2010.