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EUTELSAT 70B shipped to launch base

• Communications satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space for Eutelsat, to be launched by Sea Launch in December 2012
• EUTELSAT 70B is the 29th Eurostar E3000 satellite, and the seventh for Eutelsat’s fleet
• 12 Airbus Defence and Space Eurostar E3000s are currently at various stages of production

15 October 2012 – Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed the final integration and testing of EUTELSAT 70B, a new satellite for Eutelsat that will provide efficient and scalable connections between Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. The satellite left the Airbus Defence and Space facilities in Toulouse, France, today and is being transported by air to Long Beach, CA, where it will be encapsulated in the Zenit-3SL fairing before the Sea Launch platform departs for the equatorial launch site in the Pacific Ocean.

The EUTELSAT 70B satellite is based on Airbus Defence and Space’s highly reliable Eurostar E3000 product line, with a launch mass of 5,200 kg and a spacecraft power of 12 kW at the end of its 15 year design lifetime.

Designed principally for telecom and professional video applications, EUTELSAT 70B will operate 48 active transponders in Ku-band at the 70.5 degrees East position. Its four high-performance fixed beams focus over a zone which covers: Europe, Africa, Central Asia and South-East Asia reaching as far as Australia. Through a high degree of on-board connectivity, clients will be able to use the beams either for regional coverage or to interconnect continents.

EUTELSAT 70B is the 29th Eurostar E3000 satellite, and the seventh for the Eutelsat fleet. Twelve other E3000s are currently at various stages of production.

About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. In 2011, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover close to €5 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.

Airbus Defence and Space is the sole European company that covers the whole range of civil and defence space systems and services.

Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure; Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment;  Airbus Defence and Space for comprehensive fixed and mobile end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security and broadcast satellite communications equipment and systems, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.

Airbus Defence and Space is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.

Press contacts:

Jeremy Close (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                        Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 3872

Gregory Gavroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR)                                                      Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 51 80 32

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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