ES'HAIL 2 LAUNCH
The Qatar Satellite Company, EshailSat, has announced that Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has been selected to launch the company's second satellite. The communications satellite, currently under construction by Japan's Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, will be launched on board a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX's Launch Complex 40 at the Air Force Station, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA in the fourth quarter of 2016. According to a statement from the company, Es'hail 2 will be a high-performance satellite, providing TV distribution and government services to strategic stakeholders and commercial customers. The website Spacenews claims that the European launch provider Arianespace, which launched Es'hail 1, was not able to bid because of the weight of Es'hail 2. “Es'hail 2, expected to weigh 5,300 kilograms at launch, will be too heavy to ride in the lower position of Arianespace's Ariane 5 rocket. Arianespace is fully booked through 2016 for the Ariane 5 upper berth, which accommodates heavier satellites,” it said.