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EUTELSAT 21B blasts into space, on the way to final home at 21.5 degrees East



EUTELSAT 21B blasts into space, on the way to final home at 21.5 degrees East

New satellite to enter commercial service in mid-December

PR Newswire

PARIS, Nov. 10, 2012

PARIS, Nov. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The EUTELSAT 21B satellite of Eutelsat
Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) was lofted into space tonight by an
Ariane 5 rocket (Flight VA210) from Kourou, French Guiana.

Lift-off occurred bang on time, at 21.05 GMT (on 10 November). Separation of
the satellite from the launch vehicle occurred 28 minutes later. Manoeuvres to
circularise the new satellite's orbit and place it into its operational
configuration are now underway, managed by Eutelsat from its Rambouillet
teleport, using a global network of earth stations. This will be followed by
in-orbit testing before EUTELSAT 21B enters full commercial service in
mid-December.

Commenting after launch and first manoeuvres, Eutelsat CEO, Michel de Rosen
said: "EUTELSAT 21B is the first of seven satellites we will launch by
mid-2015 to increase our commercial flexibility and our overall resources by
almost 30%. We are delighted to see this new satellite on its way to an
orbital location that is a point of reference for customers providing
professional video, data and government applications in Europe, North Africa,
the Middle East and Central Asia. We thank Arianespace for this 26th launch
and Thales Alenia Space for this 20th spacecraft for Eutelsat."

The 40-transponder EUTELSAT 21B Ku-band satellite will occupy the 21.5
degrees East position. Developed by Eutelsat since 1999, this slot has
become a location of choice for broadcasters, news agencies, telcos,
enterprises and government administrations. Its deployment will enable
Eutelsat to expand capacity at this sought-after location by more than 50%.
The satellite will replace EUTELSAT 21A which will continue commercial service
at another orbital location.

Eutelsat's launch programme progresses with the lift-off, scheduled for early
December, of the EUTELSAT 70B satellite, designed to more than double
resources at Eutelsat's 70.5 degrees East orbital position that sits at the
crossroads between Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Tonight's launch was also a special event in Africa as the rocket's faring was
decorated with an illustration by student Michael Yeboah from Ghana who was
one of the two winners of last year's DStv Eutelsat Star Awards. Sponsored by
MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat, this competition is an initiative to
encourage young students across Africa to embrace science and space
technology. Entrants from secondary and high-schools are invited to write an
essay or design a poster on applications that can support the development of
the African continent. Overall prizes include a trip to Kourou to attend a
satellite launch and a trip to Eutelsat's satellite installations in France.

About Eutelsat Communications
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is the
holding company of Eutelsat S.A. With capacity commercialised on 29 satellites
that provide coverage across Europe, as well as the Middle East, Africa and
significant parts of Asia and the Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world's
three leading satellite operators. As of 30 September 2012 Eutelsat's
satellites were broadcasting 4,400 television channels to over 200 million
cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group's
satellites also serve a wide range of fixed and mobile telecommunications
services, TV contribution markets, corporate networks, and broadband markets
for Internet Service Providers and for transport, maritime and in-flight
markets. Eutelsat's broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates high
speed Internet services through teleports in France and Italy that serve
consumers, enterprises, local communities, government agencies and aid
organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in
Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ just over 750 commercial,
technical and operational professionals. This culturally diverse staff
comprises employees from 30 countries. www.eutelsat.com

 

SOURCE Eutelsat Communications

Website: http://www.eutelsat.com
Contact: Press, Vanessa O'Connor, Tel: + 33 1 53 98 37 91,
voconnor@eutelsat.fr, Frederique Gautier, Tel: + 33 1 53 98 37 91,
fgautier@eutelsat.fr, Marie-Sophie Ecuer, Tel: + 33 1 53 98 37 91,
mecuer@eutelsat.fr, Investors and analysts, Lisa Finas, Tel: +33 1 53 98 35
30, investors@eutelsat-communications.com, Leonard Wapler, Tel. : +33 1 53 98
31 07, investors@eutelsat-communications.com
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