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EUTELSAT 70B satellite ready for launch

• The newest communications satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space for Eutelsat is to be launched by Sea Launch on 3 December 2012

• EUTELSAT 70B is the 29th Eurostar E3000 satellite, and the seventh for Eutelsat fleet

30 November 2012 - The EUTELSAT 70B satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space has now reached its launch location in the Pacific Ocean, ready for launch by a Zenit-3SL rocket operated by Sea Launch on Monday 3 December 2012.

The satellite left the Airbus Defence and Space facilities in Toulouse, France, on 16 October 2012 and was transported by air to Long Beach, CA, where it has been fuelled and encapsulated in the Zenit-3SL fairing before the launch platform departed on 17 November for the equatorial launch site at 154°W longitude.

Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space technology company, is prime contractor for the Eurostar E3000-based satellite, which will operate up to 48 active transponders in Ku-band. Airbus Defence and Space will also be in charge of flight operations and specialised support during the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) operations.

Once in geostationary orbit and upon completion of in-orbit tests, EUTELSAT 70B will be positioned at 70.5°E where it will more than double current capacity for data and government services, broadband access, GSM backhauling and professional video exchanges.

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.

The EUTELSAT 70B satellite is based on Airbus Defence and Space’s highly reliable Eurostar E3000 product line, with a launch mass of 5200 kg and a spacecraft power of 12 kW at the end of its 15 year design lifetime.

EUTELSAT 70B is the 29th Eurostar E3000 satellite, and the seventh for Eutelsat fleet.


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 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