Eutelsat’s 3D satellite has arrived at the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and is now undergoing final preparations for launch by a Proton Breeze M rocket supplied by ILS.
The rocket will launch on May 14 from 1602 GMT with spacecraft separation occurring after a nine hour and 13 minute flight.
The satellite has been built by Thales Alenia Space and uses the manufacturer’s Sapcebus 4000 platform. It will operate in orbit for 15 years.
Eutelsat 3D will initially be located at the 3° East orbital position to address high-growth video, data, telecom and broadband markets. Through its configuration of Ku and Ka transponders connected to three footprints, the new satellite will serve customers in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. A fourth service area in the Ku-band will address 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.