One of the world’s largest satellite operators, Eutelsat Communications, has announced that it has signed a deal with Thales Alenia Space for a new satellite.
The satellite will be five tonnes in weight and carry forty transponders on the KU Band.
This will allow Eutelsat to increase capacity by fifty per cent at its geostationary position of 21.5 degrees east.
The satellite is due to be launched during the third quarter of 2012 and once in position the satellite will replace the existing Eutelsat W6 craft.
According to Thales, the new satellite has been developed with the ability to unlock to the full potential of the satellite position and will offer data, video and government services.
There is no mention of cost, but this satellite is expected to have a lifespan of around fifteen years.