Communications satellite construction

Communications satellite construction

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Caption: Communications satellite construction. AfriStar satellite under construction at the EADS (European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company) Astrium site in Toulouse, France. Here, the transmitter is being assembled. This satellite provides high-quality digital audio programme services to Africa. The AfriStar 1 satellite was launched in 1998, while AfriStar 2 has been constructed and is awaiting launch in 2009.

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