EUTELSAT hails successful launch of 8 West B satellite



| 21 August 2015

In what is a very happy 30th of its kind, Arianespace has announced that the EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite has reached its intended initial orbital position.

19851850055 54a40d8a8e mDelivered by an Ariane 5 rocket on 20 August from Kourou, French Guiana, the 5.8 tonne satellite completed partial deployment of its solar panels within four hours of separation. The coming days will see three firings of the satellite's apogee motor to complete the climb to geostationary orbit, as well as full deployment of the solar panels and antennae.

EUTELSAT 8 West B will enter full commercial service in early October from the 7/8° West neighbourhood. The craft is intended to offer greater choice for over 52 million TV homes in the Middle East and North Africa occupied by Eutelsat and Nilesat satellites. It is equipped with 40 physical Ku-band transponders designed primarily to serve DTH TV markets in its target region and to increase capacity and in-orbit security at the premium video neighbourhood. It will also introduce a C-band mission, with ten physical transponders connected to footprints covering the African continent and reaching west to South America.

"The launch of EUTELSAT 8 West B opens a new chapter in the growth story of the leading neighbourhood in the Middle East and North Africa," commented Eutelsat www.eutelsat.comm deputy CEO and chief commercial and development officer Michel Azibert. "We have gained the trust of market-leading media groups and service providers who look to 7/8° West to accelerate their growth. EUTELSAT 8 West B equips us to meet demand to broadcast more digital and high definition content to over 250 million viewers and gives us more coverage options, enabling broadcasters to target their audience."