Eutelsat 25B/Es'hail 1 satellite launches
Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 30-08-2013
Eutelsat Communications and Qatari partner Es'hailSat have announced that their jointly-owned Eutelsat 25B/Es'hail 1 satellite has been successfully launched by an Ariane 5 rocket and is on course for geostationary orbit.
The companies aim to bring the satellite into service at 25.5° East at the end of October.
The Es'hailSat programme plays an important strategic role as Qatar works to meet the rapidly growing communications needs in the region.
Based on the SSL 1300 platform of Space Systems/Loral, the Eutelsat 25B/Es'hail 1 is designed to serve broadcasters, businesses and public agencies in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia via capacity in the Ku and Ka-bands.
It will replace the Eutelsat 25C satellite at the key 25.5° East position.
Eutelsat 25C will be deployed to another location where it will provide commercial service.