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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.

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