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Eutelsat orders new Eutelsat 3B satellite from Airbus Defence and Space

• Based on Airbus Defence and Space’s Eurostar E3000 platform, the satellite will operate across three frequency bands

• 20th satellite order by Eutelsat from Airbus Defence and Space

Paris, 28 July 2011 Eutelsat has selected Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space company, to design and manufacture Eutelsat 3B, a new telecommunications satellite to provide video, data, Internet and telecom services across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and parts of South America, notably Brazil. The satellite will operate from Eutelsat 3°E location in geostationary orbit.

Based on Airbus Defence and Space’s highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform, Eutelsat 3B will operate 51 transponders in C, Ku and Ka-bands. Its ten antennas will enable Eutelsat to provide fixed widebeams and steerable spotbeams to regional and national markets with a scalable allocation of power and spectrum per beam in Ka band.

François Auque, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, said: “Eutelsat 3B will be the eighth Eurostar E3000 ordered by Eutelsat and the 20th satellite Airbus Defence and Space has designed and manufactured for one of the world’s leading and most innovative operators.

We are delighted that Eutelsat has once again demonstrated its confidence in Airbus Defence and Space’s ability to deliver a high-quality product and look forward to continuing to play a key role in the company’s future success.”

Scheduled for launch in early 2014, Eutelsat 3B will have a launch mass of six tonnes, an electrical power of 12 kW and is designed to deliver more than 15 years of in-orbit operation.

This latest order from Eutelsat follows on from the successful entry into commercial service of the Airbus Defence and Space-built KA-SAT - the first High Throughput Satellite fully optimised for broadband access in Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.

Eutelsat’s ATLANTIC BIRD™ 7 satellite is ready to be shipped next week by Airbus Defence and Space to the launcher assembly site and is scheduled to go into orbit in September. Airbus Defence and Space teams also continue to work on the W5A satellite, which will be delivered to Eutelsat in 2012.

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