Eutelsat’s W2A Satellite Blasts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
Eutelsat set to triple resources at key 10 degrees East neighbourhood
Europe’s first S-band payload for Mobile Satellite Services goes into space.
Commenting on the launch, Eutelsat Chairman and CEO,
In addition to bringing significant new Ku-band and C-band resources to our fleet for professional video and data communications in
Today’s launch also marks a further step forward in Eutelsat’s in-orbit expansion programme of nine new satellites to launch during the 2008-2011 period. The first two satellites, HOT BIRD(TM) 9 and ATLANTIC BIRD(TM) 4A are already deployed, and the programme will continue in the middle of 2009 with the launch of W7 that is particularly optimised for digital broadcasting in
Designed to replace Eutelsat’s W1 satellite, W2A’s payload of up to 46 Ku-band and 10 C-band transponders will almost triple capacity at one of the Group’s most established neighbourhoods.
- Up to 46 Ku-band transponders, depending on operations, will be connected to a wide footprint of
Europe, the Middle Eastand North Africa, and a second beam over southern Africaand Indian Ocean islands. It will benefit telecom operators, Internet Service Providers and professional video companies.
- 10 C-band transponders will provide coverage of
Africa, extending east to central Asiaand west to Latin America. This new mission for 10 degrees East will strengthen Eutelsat’s response to high demand for C-band capacity for services in Africain particular.
Services in the S-band will enable Solaris Mobile to deploy mobile video broadcasting applications across
Using the Spacebus 4000C4 platform, W2A was built by Thales Alenia Space. The satellite’s apogee motor will be fired three times over the coming five days to circularise its orbit. The solar panels and antennas, including the 12-metre S-band antenna will be fully deployed by the end of next week. After an extensive round of in-orbit tests Eutelsat’s newest satellite will be made commercially available at 10 degrees East in May.
About Eutelsat Communications
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is the holding company of Eutelsat S.A.. With capacity commercialised on 26 satellites that provide coverage over the entire European continent, as well as the
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