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EUTELSAT 70B satellite ready for launch

• The newest communications satellite built by Astrium for Eutelsat is to be launched by Sea Launch on 3 December 2012

• EUTELSAT 70B is the 29th Eurostar E3000 satellite, and the seventh for Eutelsat fleet

30 November 2012 - The EUTELSAT 70B satellite built by Astrium has now reached its launch location in the Pacific Ocean, ready for launch by a Zenit-3SL rocket operated by Sea Launch on Monday 3 December 2012.

The satellite left the Astrium facilities in Toulouse, France, on 16 October 2012 and was transported by air to Long Beach, CA, where it has been fuelled and encapsulated in the Zenit-3SL fairing before the launch platform departed on 17 November for the equatorial launch site at 154°W longitude.

Astrium, Europe’s leading space technology company, is prime contractor for the Eurostar E3000-based satellite, which will operate up to 48 active transponders in Ku-band. Astrium will also be in charge of flight operations and specialised support during the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) operations.

Once in geostationary orbit and upon completion of in-orbit tests, EUTELSAT 70B will be positioned at 70.5°E where it will more than double current capacity for data and government services, broadband access, GSM backhauling and professional video exchanges.

Its four high-performance fixed beams focus over a zone which covers: Europe, Africa, Central Asia and South-East Asia reaching as far as Australia. Through a high degree of on-board connectivity, clients will be able to use the beams either for regional coverage or to interconnect continents.

The EUTELSAT 70B satellite is based on Astrium’s highly reliable Eurostar E3000 product line, with a launch mass of 5200 kg and a spacecraft power of 12 kW at the end of its 15 year design lifetime.

EUTELSAT 70B is the 29th Eurostar E3000 satellite, and the seventh for Eutelsat fleet.


About Astrium

Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. In 2011, Astrium had a turnover close to €5 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.

Astrium is the sole European company that covers the whole range of civil and defence space systems and services.

Its three business units are: Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure; Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment;  Astrium Services for comprehensive fixed and mobile end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security and broadcast satellite communications equipment and systems, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.

Astrium is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.


Press contacts:

Jeremy Close (Astrium UK)                                                       Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 3872

Gregory Gavroy (Astrium FR)                                                    Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32

Ralph Heinrich (Astrium GER)                                                   Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 33971

Francisco Lechón (Astrium SP)                                                 Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41