Launch success for EUTELSAT 3D by ILS Proton

PR Newswire/Les Echos/ 
Launch success for EUTELSAT 3D by ILS Proton 
Baikonour, Paris, 15 May 2013 - 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 to confirm that EUTELSAT
3D is on 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 launch in 2014 of EUTELSAT
3B. Our thanks to Thales Alenia Space for delivering our new satellite and to
ILS 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 the
scope to increase our operational agility, a key asset in our business." 
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 50th ILS 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
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. 
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