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20th anniversary for Airbus Defence and Space’s Eurostar series


  • 45 Eurostar satellites launched since 30th October 1990 
  • Airbus Defence and Space’s Eurostar satellites have accumulated more than 370 years of successful in orbit operation 


Toulouse, 03 November 2010Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space company, is celebrating 20 years of its highly successful series of Eurostar telecommunications satellites.


Since the launch of the first ever Eurostar, Inmarsat-2 F1, on the 30th October 1990, 45 Eurostars have been successful delivered into geostationary orbit, clocking up a total of more than 370 years of service.


The Eurostar was the first commercial satellite to have a fully digital electronics system and was designed to be highly modular so that it could be easily customised to meet specific customer requirements.


Over the past 20 years the Eurostar series has evolved considerably, becoming larger and more powerful. In a staged evolution, launch mass has increased from 1,300 kg to more than 6,000kg. The latest version, Eurostar E3000, offers in-orbit operation for more than 15 years with a payload power of between 4 to 14 kW, and has the capacity to operate over 100 transponders.


Through the years, Airbus Defence and Space has implemented an impressive number of innovations that have enabled the Eurostar satellites to become more efficient. For instance, Eurostar E3000 was the first commercial satellite to successfully demonstrate in-orbit Lithium-ion batteries, a revolution in telecommunications satellite power.


Since the beginning of this century, 35 Eurostar E3000s have been ordered by the world’s leading satellite operators, of which 20 have already entered operational service.


With 15 Eurostar E3000s currently in production for leading operators worldwide, Airbus Defence and Space has established itself as a global player in the design and manufacture of exceptionally reliable, high performance telecommunications satellites.



About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2009, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.8 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for satellites and ground systems and Airbus Defence and Space for high value-added integrated solutions for secure satcoms and commercial networks, high-security satellite communications equipment, customised navigation and geo-information products and services worldwide.  


AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aeronautics, space, defence and related services. In 2009, the Group – including Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – yielded a turnover of €42.8 billion and employed over 119,000 people.



Press contacts:

Matthieu Duvelleroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR)                                   Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32

Daniel Mosely (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                          Tel.: +44 (0) 1438 778180

Ralph Heinrich (Airbus Defence and Space GER)                                       Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 33971

Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP)                                     Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41 




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