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Airbus Defence and Space to build EUTELSAT 9B communications satellite

• New Eurostar E3000 satellite to boost Eutelsat’s broadcasting system at the 9°E position

• Hosted payload for the Airbus Defence and Space/ ESA European Data Relay Satellite System (EDRS)

• EUTELSAT 9B is the 21st satellite ordered by Eutelsat from Airbus Defence and Space

Paris, October 4th 2011 – Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space company, has been selected by Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ELT) to build EUTELSAT 9B, a high-power broadcast satellite addressing high-growth video markets in Europe, to be launched at the end of 2014 and located at Eutelsat’s 9°E video neighbourhood.

Over its 15-year mission lifetime, EUTELSAT 9B will operate up to 66 Ku-band transponders connected to a broad European widebeam and four regional beams over European countries. It will increase Eutelsat’s capacity for video services in Europe, providing wide coverage for channels seeking maximum reach into satellite homes and terrestrial headends, as well as regional footprints addressing linguistic markets for digital TV in Italy, Germany, Greece and the Nordic/Baltic regions.

In addition to its broadcast mission, EUTELSAT 9B will host the first data relay payload for the European Data Relay Satellite System (EDRS) being implemented through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between Airbus Defence and Space and ESA. The EDRS system of telecommunication satellites in geostationary orbit will enable very high data rate, bi-directional data relay communications between Low Earth Orbit Earth observation satellites and an associated ground segment.

Based on Airbus Defence and Space’s successful Eurostar E3000 platform, EUTELSAT 9B will have a launch mass of 5,300 kg and an electrical power of 12 kW.

Evert Dudok, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, said: “We are proud that Eutelsat has once again demonstrated its confidence in Airbus Defence and Space products following their recent order of Eutelsat 3B and the delivery of ATLANTIC BIRD™ 7 on September 24th. With EUTELSAT 9B, we will also provide the first mission for the best data highway in space, EDRS, enabling real-time availability of Earth observation data. The combination of a commercial mission and the hosted payload through an innovative partnership is a new step forward in the fruitful cooperation between Eutelsat and Airbus Defence and Space.”

EUTELSAT 9B is the 21st satellite ordered by Eutelsat from Airbus Defence and Space.


About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services.

In 2010, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €5 billion and more than 15,000 employees worldwide, mainly 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 spacecraft and ground segment, and Airbus Defence and Space for comprehensive end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.

AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2010, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000.


Press contacts:

Daniel Mosely (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                      Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 8180

Gregory Gavroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR)                                                    Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 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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