Eutelsat satellites launch scheduled

Arianespace has announced that the launch of Hot Bird 9 and Eutelsat W2M will take place on December 20.

The launch will be Arianespaceís sixth and final mission of this year, as well as the 42nd launch of an Ariane 5.

Hot Bird 9, built by EADS Astrium, is equipped with 64 transponders and will join the Eutelsat Hot Bird position at 13 degrees East.

The Eutelsat W2M, also built by Astrium, will be positioned at Eutelsatís 16 degrees East position.