Eutelsat gets ready for LATAM launch

DetailsJoseph O'Halloran | 27 February 2015

Satellite operator Eutelsat has confirmed that its 115 West B platfrom, its first all-electric craft, is scheduled for launch by SpaceX using the Falcon 9 rocket on 1 March.

Built by Boeing Defense and Space, the platform is equipped with 12 C-band and 34 Ku-band transponders connected to four service areas, and is designed to extend reach of the Americas to markets in Alaska and Canada, replacing the EUTELSAT 115 West A satellite that operates in inclined orbit at 114.9° West.

"The launch of the next-generation EUTELSAT 115 West B satellite is a milestone that will position us as a major satellite operator across the continent," said Patricio Northland, CEO of Eutelsat Americas . "It will transform the 114.9° West orbital position that is already a neighbourhood of choice for fast-growing high speed data and mobility markets in North and South America."

EUTELSAT 115 West B will enter service in the fourth quarter of 2015 and will be followed into orbit later this year by the all-electric EUTELSAT 117 West B satellite that will be located at 117° West to boost capacity for Latin America broadcast markets. The third pillar in Eutelsat's expansion in the Americas will be EUTELSAT 65 West A that is scheduled for launch in 2016 in advance of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. It will cover Brazil and Latin America in C, Ku and Ka-bands.