EUTELSAT 9B Satellite Soars into Space

PARIS & BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News:

The EUTELSAT 9B satellite of Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext
Paris: ETL) was successfully launched into geosynchronous transfer orbit
today by ILS using a Proton rocket that lift off from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome at 04.20 (22.20 GMT, 23.20 CET on January 29).

Separation of Eutelsat’s new satellite occurred after a 9 hour 12 minute
Proton flight. Partial deployment of the satellite’s solar panels, that
represents the first critical post-launch operation, took place two
hours later. Following further manoeuvres and in-orbit tests, EUTELSAT
9B will be positioned at 9 degrees East in March to assume broadcasting
of over 350 TV channels currently served at this position by EUTELSAT 9A
and provide expansion capacity for new services.

EUTELSAT 9B also marks an industry first as the host satellite for the
inaugural data relay payload for the European Data Relay System (EDRS)
being implemented through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between ESA
and Airbus Defence and Space.

Commenting on the launch, Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat Chairman and CEO,
said: “Our congratulations to ILS and Krunichev for a flawless launch
that sees a new Eutelsat satellite propelled on its way to geostationary
orbit. This sophisticated satellite programme reflects outstanding
collaboration between Eutelsat, ESA, Airbus Defence and Space, ILS and
Krunichev. We look forward to putting EUTELSAT 9B to work for the
benefit of our broadcaster clients and to the inauguration of the
ground-breaking European Data Relay System that is a powerful
illustration of the complementarity of geostationary and low earth
satellites for fast transmission of data flows back to earth.”


EUTELSAT 9B is a high-capacity Ku-band satellite for the 9° East
position that sits at the crossroads of Europe’s leading video
neighbourhoods. Overall Eutelsat capacity will increase to 50 physical
transponders (47 equivalent 36Mz transponders), taking this
neighbourhood to a new level of performance. The satellite will address
high-growth broadcast markets through one pan-European footprint
delivering wide coverage and four regional footprints serving Germany,
Greece, Italy, and the Nordics with the Baltics and Ukraine. It will
replace EUTELSAT 9A that will continue in full commercial service at an
alternative orbital position.

About EDRS-A

EDRS-A is the first node of the European Data Relay System (EDRS) for
ESA and Airbus Defence and Space. This new SpaceDataHighway will
significantly speed up the flow of information between low-orbit
satellites and their ground stations, improving reaction time for a wide
range of operations such as disaster monitoring and emergency
operations. The EDRS-A payload hosted on EUTELSAT 9B comprises a laser
communications terminal and a Ka-band inter-satellite link that will
retrieve high volumes of data sent from low orbit satellites, airborne
platforms and the International Space Station. The data can then be
immediately transmitted from geostationary orbit back to EDRS ground

About Eutelsat Communications

Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN
code: FR0010221234) is one of the world’s leading and most experienced
operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on
40 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting
associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service
providers, enterprises and government agencies. Eutelsat’s satellites
provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa,
Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and
government communications to be established irrespective of a user’s
location. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the
globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 37
countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to
deliver the highest quality of service.

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