Eutelsat W7 arrives in Baikonur

October 21, 2009

The Russian federal space agency Roskosmos announced the arrival of the Eutelsat W7 spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome, where the launch will take place on November 18.

The satellite was delivered by the AN-124 cargo plane (see picture, courtesy of Roskosmos). “After customs clearance, the container with the spacecraft and support equipment will be reloaded on the shipping unit and transported to the integration and test building site 92A-50, where the spacecraft will undergo final tests.”

The Eutelsat W7 satellite is built by Alcatel Alenia Space and is a Spacebus-4000C4, which carries 70 Ku-band transponders with six beams aimed at Europe, Russia, Africa, Middle East and Central Asia.

The November 18 launch will take place with a Proton-M rocket with Briz-M booster