FOUR INTERNATIONAL consortia have been invited to bid for a contract from Egypt to build a turnkey satellite system, called the Nilesat.

The consortia, are led by Aerospatiale, whose team includes, Daimler-Benz Aerospace, Alcatel, Alenia and Space Systems/Loral, Hughes Space and Communications, Martin Marietta Astro Space and Matra Marconi Space.

Two direct TV broadcast satellites, including one ground spare, will be built, plus two ground-control stations.

Source: Flight International