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Eutelsat 9B / EDRS-A

21st Eutelsat satellite order placed with Airbus Defence and Space

In October 2011, Eutelsat Communications selected Airbus Defence and Space to build Eutelsat 9B, a high-power broadcast satellite addressing high-growth video markets in Europe from the 9° E orbital position.

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.

First mission will be for EDRS (European Data Relay System), the most advanced high-performance ‘data highway in space’.

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