Eutelsat orders replacement for lost satellite
06 Dec 10 -

Satellite operator Eutelsat has ordered a replacement for the W3B satellite lost shortly after take off in October this year.

The new satellite, W3D, will be built by Thales Alenia Space for delivery in November 2012. The 56-transponder craft will be positioned alongside Eutelsat W3A at 7° East, expanding capacity at the position from 44 transponders to 70.

Eutelsat is developing the 7° East position to serve new and existing customers targeting central Europe, the Middle East, Africa and central Asia. The satellite will provide Ku-band DTH coverage over central Europe and Turkey as well as a Ku-band beam over Europe, North Africa and the Middle East for professional video links and data, as well as Ku-band coverage of sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean and Ka-band interconnection between Europe and Africa.