|[July 31, 2014]
Eutelsat Ties up Procurement and Launch Contracts for EUTELSAT 172B Asia-Pacific Satellite
PARIS --(Business Wire)--
Eutelsat (News - Alert) Communications (Paris:ETL) (NYSE Euronext Paris:ETL) today
announced it has sealed procurement and launch contracts with Airbus
Defence and Space and Arianespace (News - Alert) for the EUTELSAT 172B satellite.
As an early follow-on programme to EUTELSAT 172A, the new triple mission
satellite will provide continuity and expansion capacity at Eutelsat's
172° East orbital position that is a prime gateway for services in the
Asia Pacific region.
The 3.5 tonne satellite to be manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space
will be launched by an Ariane 5 rocket in first half 2017 and will use
electric propulsion for initial in-orbit raising and all station-keeping
manoeuvres. The reduction in mass will enable this powerful (13 kW)
satellite to be launched with the Ariane 5 lower position, offering
lower launch costs. In-orbit raising is expected to take approximately
EUTELSAT 172B will host regular C-band and Ku-band payloads. It will
also host the Pacific Ocean Region's first Ku-band High Throughput
payload which Panasonic (News - Alert) Avionics Corporation has already selected as its
key growth platform for in-flight broadband and live TV for commercial
airlines on trans-Pacific and Asian routes.
The procurement contracts announced with Airbus Defence and Space and
Arianespace, two leading players in the European space industry, reflect
Eutelsat's commitment to innovation that contributes to increasing
competitivity and improving customer service. In addition to electric
propulsion for in-orbit raising, EUTELSAT 172B will be Eutelsat's first
satelliteequipped to dynamically distribute power between beams
connected to its High Throughput payload. This facility will enable
Eutelsat to respond to traffic variations across the eight time zones
covered by the payload's 11 beams that span from the Western seaboard of
North America to South-East Asia.
Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat Chairman and CEO, said: "With the
allocation of the contracts to manufacture and launch EUTELSAT 172B
awarded to Airbus Defence and Space and Arianespace, we are placing our
trust once again in two industry leaders who understand our rigour and
high expectations. Through a combination of three distinct payloads,
electric propulsion and dynamic power distribution, EUTELSAT 172B
reflects our commitment to innovations that benefit our customers and
raises the game for the satellite business."
EUTELSAT 172B payloads:
A C-band payload of 14 physical transponders delivering increased
power and broader coverage to enhance service and tap into new growth
markets in South East Asia.
A regular Ku-band payload of 36 physical transponders that will more
than double capacity at 172° East. Transponders will be connected to
five improved service areas: North Pacific, North East Asia, South
East Pacific, South West Pacific and South Pacific.
A High Throughput Ku-band payload specifically designed for in-flight
broadband, featuring multiple user spots optimised to serve
densely-used Asian and trans-Pacific flight paths and interconnected
to gateways operating in the Ka band. This new payload will be the
first customised for in-flight connectivity over the Pacific Ocean
Region, delivering an overall throughput of 1.8 Gbps to an underserved
market forecast to enjoy sustained growth over the coming years.
EUTELSAT 172B will be based on the Eurostar E3000 platform of Airbus
Defence and Space.
About Eutelsat Communications
Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL,
ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world's leading and most
experienced operators of communications satellites. The company provides
capacity on 37 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and
broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet
service providers, enterprises and government agencies. Eutelsat's
satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East,
Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband
and government communications to be established irrespective of a user's
location. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the
globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 32
countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to
deliver the highest quality of service.
For more about Eutelsat please visit www.eutelsat.com
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