Six satellites launching over the next three years
Eutelsat's in-orbit investment programme has three key objectives:
Renewing our satellite fleet to maintain long-term relationships with our customers;
Increasing our resources for emerging markets;
Innovating and expanding the portfolio of applications running via our satellites.
Revolutionising telecoms markets
CONSTRUCTOR: Airbus Defence & Space
Successful launch of EUTELSAT QUANTUM, the first full software-defined satellite
The EUTELSAT QUANTUM satellite was successfully launched into Geostationary Transfer Orbit by Arianespace using an Ariane 5 rocket that lifted off from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, at 9 pm Universal Time (11 pm CET) on July 30. The separation occurred after a 37-minute flight and the spacecraft systems checkout was then successfully completed over a period of approximately 3 hours.
EUTELSAT QUANTUM heralds a new era of commercial satellite service, enabling users in government, mobility and data markets to actively define and shape the performance and reach they need from a satellite.
Using a software-based design, EUTELSAT QUANTUM will be the first universal satellite to repeatedly adjust to business requirements. Scheduled for launch in 2021, and to be located at 48° East, EUTELSAT QUANTUM will offer extensive coverage of the MENA region and beyond.
In-orbit reprogrammable features will set a new standard in flexibility and will principally address markets that are highly changeable and mobile, for:
Communications on the move: dynamic beam shaping and vessel-tracking capabilities can be optimised for power and throughput as required by maritime, aeronautical and land-based transportation;
Data networks: bespoke design of wide-area networks and dynamic traffic shaping, responding to demand where and when needed;
Government users: rapid response for public protection and disaster recovery as well as secure control using the latest encryption technology.
ESA and the UK Space Agency are supporting the development of the core technologies integrated into EUTELSAT QUANTUM, within the framework of a Public-Private Partnership signed by ESA, Eutelsat and Airbus Defence and Space.
EUTELSAT QUANTUM - Giving you control of your satcom
Eutelsat has ordered a next-generation VHTS (Very High Throughput Satellite) satellite system named KONNECT VHTS, to support the development of our European fixed broadband and in-flight connectivity businesses. The satellite, due to enter into service in 2022, will be built by Thales Alenia Space, who will develop a satellite and ground segment solution that is the most competitive on the market today. With Ka-band capacity of 500 Gbps, KONNECT VHTS will embark the most powerful on-board digital processor ever put in orbit, offering capacity allocation flexibility, optimal spectrum use, and progressive ground network deployment.
The project will be launched with firm multi-year distribution commitments from Orange and Thales, two key European players and leaders in their businesses. A retail partnership was signed with Orange to address the fixed broadband market in European countries where the Group has a retail presence, and a distribution partnership was inked with Thales to serve notably the government connectivity services market.
New VHTS solutions for satellite broadband. Eutelsat is on the panel discussing the future of satellite broadband at APSCC 2021
HOTBIRD 13F & 13G
New resources at EMEA’S leading TV neighbourhood
CONSTRUCTION: Airbus Defence and Space
Eutelsat has procured two new large satellites from Airbus Defence and Space to replace the three existing satellites at its HOTBIRD flagship neighbourhood.
The HOTBIRD family at 13° East forms one of the largest broadcasting systems in Europe, delivering 1000 television channels to more than 135 million TV homes in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
These two new satellites are set to be launched in 2022.
Powerful, innovative payloads for inflight and maritime connectivity services
CONSTRUCTOR: Thales Alenia Space
Eutelsat has signed a letter of agreement with Thales Alenia Space for the procurement of EUTELSAT 10B, a new all-electric satellite built on the Spacebus NEO platform. Scheduled for launch in 2022, the satellite will be located at 10° East, an orbital position that offers a unique visibility spanning from the Americas to Asia.
Responding to strong growth in demand for mobile connectivity, EUTELSAT 10B will carry two new multi-beam HTS Ku-band payloads:
a high-capacity payload, covering the North Atlantic corridor, Europe, the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East, offering significant throughput in the busiest air and sea traffic zones; and
a second payload to extend coverage across the Atlantic Ocean, Africa and the Indian Ocean.
The satellite’s HTS payloads will be able to process more than 50 GHz of bandwidth, offering a throughput of approximately 35 Gbps.
EUTELSAT 10B will also carry two widebeam C- and Ku-band payloads to ensure service continuity for existing customers on the EUTELSAT 10A satellite.
Enhanced service continuity at the key 36° East orbital position
Eutelsat has signed a contract with Airbus for the procurement of EUTELSAT 36D, to succeed EUTELSAT 36B at 36° East.
With coverage of Africa, Russia and Europe, 36° East is a key orbital slot. Its two satellites, EUTELSAT 36B and EUTELSAT 36C, together notably support the broadcast businesses of major anchor customers including Multichoice and ZAP in Africa and Tricolor and NTV+ in Russia.
With 70 physical Ku-band transponders, the all-electric EUTELSAT 36D will assure all the main legacy missions of EUTELSAT 36B, with enhancements to coverage areas and performance.
Based on the state-of-the-art Airbus Eurostar Neo platform, the satellite is due for launch in the first half of 2024.
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