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

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EUTELSAT 21 B blasts into space, on the way to final home at 
21.5° East 
New satellite to enter commercial service in mid-December 
Paris, 11 November 2012 - The EUTELSAT 21 B 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 21 B enters full commercial service in
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 pro viding 
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 21 B Ku-band satellite will occupy the 21.5° 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 
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° 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.  
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