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Qatar says Es'hail 2 satellite is '80% complete'

New satellite to launch next year, will aim improve TV broadcast in Qatar

Qatar says Es'hail 2 satellite is '80% complete'
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Qatar has reportedly completed 80 percent of its latest satellite project, scheduled for launch in the third quarter of next year.

Qatar Satellite Company, ES’hailSat, announced on Monday that the Es’hail 2 project was almost complete.

The satellite is being manufactured by a company in Japan. It is intended to strengthen the services provided by ES’hailSat, including improving the quality of TV broadcast in Qatar, The Peninsula newspaper said.

Qatar’s first television and communications satellite was Sohail 1, carried into orbit by European rocket Ariane 5 in August 2013.

The company was quoted as saying Es’hail 2 will be launched in the third quarter of next year and be positioned at 25.5 degrees East.

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