Eutelsat communications has been preparing for the launch of the latest W7 satellite built by Thales Alenia Space and launched into orbit by Sea Launch.
However, Sea Launch has confirmed that it will be unable to launch the satellite into the correct orbit within the agreed time frame.
Therefore, after a few logistical adjustments, Eutelsat is preparing the W7 satellite for transportation to the International Launch Services site at the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Russia, where it will be delivered into orbit by an ILS Proton.
The main reason for the switch is so that the W7 satellite can be in orbit in November.
This will then allow Eutelsat to bring the satellite into service before the end of the year.
This is not the end of the Sea Launch contract as it is believed that both parties are currently in discussions for further launches.