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    Default Eutelsat W7

    Eutelsat about to double capacity at 36° East
    September 21st, 2009

    Eutelsat’s new W7 satellite is planned for deployment at 36° East in late 2009, where it will replace the SESAT 1 satellite, and significantly boost capacity at a key Eutelsat neighbourhood, for TV broadcasters operating in Russia, the Ukraine and Africa. Currently, there are more than 430 channels already broadcast across those regions.

    W7 will be a large, high-power satellite featuring 70 Ku-band transponders connectable to six beams covering Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East and central Asia. With its configuration of high-performance fixed and steerable beams, it will significantly enhance coverage and flexibility for growing video markets, particularly in central Asia and Africa.

    Co-positioned with Eutelsat’s W4 satellite, which already serves anchor pay-TV operators in Russia (NTV Plus, Tricolor), the Ukraine (Poverkhnost) and sub-Saharan Africa (MultiChoice Africa, HiTV), W7 will enable Eutelsat to almost double the bandwidth available in these regions. The new satellite will also deliver new resources over South Africa through a high-power fixed beam and over Central Asia through a steerable beam.

    (Source: Eutelsat)

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    Default Eutelsat W7 arrives in Baikonur

    Eutelsat W7 arrives in Baikonur
    October 21, 2009

    The Russian federal space agency Roskosmos announced the arrival of the Eutelsat W7 spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome, where the launch will take place on November 18.

    The satellite was delivered by the AN-124 cargo plane (see picture, courtesy of Roskosmos). “After customs clearance, the container with the spacecraft and support equipment will be reloaded on the shipping unit and transported to the integration and test building site 92A-50, where the spacecraft will undergo final tests.”

    The Eutelsat W7 satellite is built by Alcatel Alenia Space and is a Spacebus-4000C4, which carries 70 Ku-band transponders with six beams aimed at Europe, Russia, Africa, Middle East and Central Asia.

    The November 18 launch will take place with a Proton-M rocket with Briz-M booster.



    (Source: Broadband TV News )

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    Default Eutelsat W7 satellite due for launch on 23 November

    Eutelsat W7 satellite due for launch on 23 November
    November 2nd, 2009

    The Eutelsat W7 satellite arrived at the Baikonour Cosmodrome on 20 October, and is now in final stages of preparation for launch on 23 November 23 by International Launch Services (ILS) on board a Proton Breeze M booster. The Proton lift-off is scheduled on November 23 at 14.22 UTC.

    Built for Eutelsat by Thales Alenia Space, Eutelsat’s newest and most powerful satellite to date will be co-located with W4 at 36 degrees East to more than double resources at one of Eutelsat’s fastest-growing neighbourhoods.

    Through a configuration of up to 70 transponders connected to five high-performance fixed and steerable beams, W7 will provide coverage of Russia and sub-Saharan Africa for digital broadcasting services including pay-TV, and add significant resources and flexibility for expanding video and telecommunications markets in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and central Asia. The satellite will also enhance service provided since 2000 by SESAT 1 which, following W7’s entry into service at 36degrees East, will be redeployed at an alternative location.

    W7’s launch marks the latest step in Eutelsat’s far-reaching investment programme of new satellites designed to expand, renew and secure its in-orbit resources. Four further satellites will be orbited by the end of 2011 (W3B, KA-SAT, W3C and Atlantic Bird™ 7).

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    Default ILS delays launch of Eutelsat W7

    ILS delays launch of Eutelsat W7
    November 23, 2009

    UPDATE 8.00. International Launch Services (ILS) has informed Eutelsat of a 24-hour launch delay for the W7 satellite, which was originally scheduled to take place this afternoon, Monday, November 23, at 14.19 GMT from the from Baikonor cosmodrome in Kazakstan,. The satellite and launcher are both in safe configuration mode. Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Centre and ILS are now planning to launch the W7 satellite today, Tuesday 24 November at 14:19 GMT.

    UPDATE – According to a report from the AFP news agency in Moscow, the launch was postponed on Monday after Kazakh authorities raised objections. ‘The launch of the European space device has been postponed indefinitely by the Kazakh side, even though all documents are in order,’ an official from Russian space agency Roskosmos told Ria Novosti and Interfax. He did not provide further details.

    ITAR-TASS news agency, citing a Roskosmos source, reported that the launch of the Eutelsat-W7 satellite could occur on Tuesday at Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome. In recent years, Proton rockets, Russia’s most powerful, have exploded in air several times over Kazakhstan, angering local authorities. Kazakhstan temporarily blocked Proton launches in September 2007 after a rocket crashed near the area where President Nursultan Nazarbayev was located.

    The Eutelsat W7 will be co-positioned with the W4 satellite at 36 degres East. It will replace the existing Sesat 1 satellite, expanding capacity at the orbital position.

    Featuring up to 70 Ku-band transponders, connected to five downlink beams covering Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, W7 will enable Eutelsat to double the bandwidth available for digital video and telecommunications services in those regions.

    While replacing all the Sesat 1 capacity, W7 will also offer new resources over South Africa through a high-power fixed beam. It also has a steerable beam which is ideally suited for DTH applications.

    (Source: Broadband TV News)

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    Talking Ils proton successfully launches the w7 satellite for eutelsat

    ILS PROTON SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES THE W7 SATELLITE FOR EUTELSAT



    BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, November 24, 2009 – International Launch Services (ILS), a world leader in providing mission and launch services to the commercial space industry, successfully carried the W7 satellite to orbit for Eutelsat Communications of France on an ILS Proton. The Proton vehicle lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 8:19 p.m. local time (9:19 a.m. EST, 3:19 p.m. in Paris, 14:19 GMT). After a 9 hour 12 minute mission, the Breeze M successfully released the W7 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit.

    The launch of the W7 satellite marks the 6th ILS Proton launch of the year and the 55th commercial launch overall for ILS. In April of this year, ILS launched the W2A satellite for Eutelsat, marking the 50th ILS Proton milestone. The Proton Breeze M vehicle is built by Khrunichev Space Center of Moscow, one of the pillars of the Russian aerospace industry and majority owner of ILS. Proton has a heritage of 349 missions since its inception in 1965.

    The 5627 kg W7 satellite was built on the Spacebus 4000 C4 platform by Thales Alenia Space and has a 15 year life expectancy. The most powerful satellite in Eutelsat’s fleet, W7 will be situated at 36 degrees East to replace Eutelsat’s SESAT 1 satellite, launched on Proton in early 2000. W7 will double the capacity available within a key neighborhood among the fleet of geostationary satellites and provide enhanced coverage for Central Asia and Africa.

    Frank McKenna, president of ILS said, “ILS and Khrunichev were uniquely poised to meet Eutelsat’s stringent requirement to launch in 2009 with our ability to integrate this mission in less than five months from contract to launch. It was an honor to demonstrate this capability with the successful launch of the W7 satellite today, just seven months after the landmark 50th ILS Proton launch with Eutelsat’s W2A satellite. We thank Eutelsat for once again, counting on ILS Proton to contribute to the expansion of their business.”

    “We are pleased to continue our long term relationship with ILS with the launch of W7 on the powerful Proton Breeze M rocket. The flexibility and schedule adherence that ILS offers and delivers are essential to the continued success of our business. This on-time launch will allow Eutelsat to boost coverage and flexibility for addressing growing markets, notably in Russia and Africa. Our thanks and appreciation go out to the entire mission team for their diligent work and to ILS and Khrunichev for ensuring that the W7 launched on time this year,” said Michel de Rosen, CEO of Eutelsat.

    (Source: ILS )

 

 

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