Launch Success for EUTELSAT 3D by ILS Proton

                 Launch Success for EUTELSAT 3D by ILS Proton

PR Newswire

BAIKONOUR, Kazakhstan and PARIS, May 15, 2013

BAIKONOUR, Kazakhstan and PARIS, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The EUTELSAT 3D satellite of Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) has
been successfully launched by a Proton Breeze M rocket supplied by ILS and is
now on its way to its operating location at 3° East.

Lift-off of the satellite,built by Thales Alenia Space, took place on 14 May
at 16.02 GMT (18.02 CET). Following a 9-hour 13-minute flight, Proton released
EUTELSAT 3D into geosynchronous transfer orbit. The partial deployment of the
satellite's solar panels was successfully carried out from Eutelsat's control
centre in Rambouillet three hours and 15 minutes after separation from the

Eutelsat also announces that it has signed a new launch contract with ILS for
a satellite to be launched in the 2014-2016 timeframe. This will be the eighth
satellite to be launched for Eutelsat by the Proton launcher.

Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO, said: "We are delighted toconfirm that
EUTELSAT 3D ison its way to 3° East. From next month,this new satellite will
take service at 3° East to a new level in advance of the launchin 2014of
EUTELSAT 3B.Our thanks to ThalesAlenia Space for delivering ournew
satellite and toILS and Khrunichev for this flight which maintains our track
record of 100% success since our first Proton launch in 2000. We are pleased
to renew our confidence in the powerful Proton launcher with a new contract
that gives us thescopetoincreaseouroperational agility,a key asset in our

ILS President Phil Slack added: "The Proton vehicle and Eutelsat partnership
dates back 13 years starting with the SESAT 1 launch on Proton in 2000. After
seven launches, including the 50^thILS Proton launch in 2009 with the
EUTELSAT 10A satellite, we are honoured that Eutelsat continues to place their
trust in us to enable the expansion of their business. Many thanks to the
Eutelsat, Thales Alenia Space, Khrunichev and ILS teams for ensuring mission
success with the launch of EUTELSAT 3D."

With a baseline design equipping it to strengthen Eutelsat's overall in-orbit
flexibility and back-up from multiple orbital slots, EUTELSAT 3D will be
initially located at 3° East to address high-growth video, data, telecom and
broadband markets. It will serve customers in Europe, North Africa, the Middle
East and Central Asia through a configuration of Ku and Ka transponders
connected to three footprints. A fourth service area in the Ku-band will serve
markets in sub-Saharan Africa. EUTELSAT 3D will operate at 3° East until the
deployment of the EUTELSAT 3B satellite to this position in 2014 to provide
spectrum growth and high levels of operational flexibility in C, Ku and Ka
bands. It will subsequently continue service at 7° East.

EUTELSAT 3D was built for Eutelsat by Thales Alenia Space using its
established Spacebus 4000 platform. The satellite is designed to operate in
orbit for 15 years.

About Eutelsat Communications

Eutelsat Communications is the holding company of Eutelsat S.A. With capacity
commercialised on 30 satellites delivering reach of Europe, the Middle East,
Africa, Asia, significant parts of the Americas and the Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat
Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the
world's leading satellite operators. As of 31 March 2013, Eutelsat's
satellites were broadcasting more than 4,600 television channels to over 200
million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The
Group's satellites also provide a wide range of services for TV contribution,
corporate networks and fixed and mobile broadband markets. Headquartered in
Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ over 780 commercial, technical and
operational professionals from 30 countries.

SOURCE Eutelsat Communications

Contact: Press: Vanessa O'Connor, Tel: +33-1-53-98-37-91,; Frédérique Gautier, Tel: +33-1-53-98-37-91,; Marie-Sophie Ecuer, Tel: +33-1-53-98-37-91,; Investors and analysts, Leonard Wapler, Tel:
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