Eutelsat S.A.



Eutelsat S.A. is the French-based satellite provider. Providing coverage over the entire European continent, as well as the Middle East, Africa, India and parts of Asia and the Americas, it is one of the world's three leading satellite operators in terms of revenues.


Eutelsat's satellites are used for broadcasting 5,800 TV’s, of which 600 are in HD, and 1100 radio stations to over 250 million cable and satellite homes. They also serve requirements for TV contribution services, corporate networks, mobile communications, Internet backbone connectivity and broadband access for terrestrial, maritime and in-flight applications. Eutelsat is headquartered in Paris, France.




History


The European Telecommunications Satellite Organization (Eutelsat) was originally set up in 1977 as an intergovernmental organization (IGO) to develop and operate a satellite-based telecommunications infrastructure for Europe. It started operations with the launch of its first satellite in 1983.


Initially established to address satellite communications demand in Western Europe, Eutelsat rapidly developed its infrastructure to expand coverage to additional markets, such as Central and Eastern Europe in 1989, and the Middle East, the African continent, and large parts of Asia and the Americas from the 1990s.


Eutelsat was the first satellite operator in Europe to broadcast television channels direct-to-home (DTH). It developed its premium neighborhood of five Hot Bird satellites in the mid-1990s to offer capacity that would be able to attract hundreds of channels to the same orbital location, appealing to widespread audiences for consumer satellite TV.


With the general liberalization of the telecommunications sector in Europe, the IGO’s operations and activities were transferred to a private company called Eutelsat S.A. in July 2001.


In April 2005, the shareholders of Eutelsat S.A. grouped their investment in a new entity (Eutelsat Communications), which is now the holding company of the Group owning 95% of Eutelsat S.A. on October 6, 2005. Currently it owns 96% of Eutelsat S.A.


On 2 January 2014 Eutelsat Communications acquired 100% share in Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V. (SATMEX) for a $831 million transaction. Based in Mexico, SATMEX operated three satellites at contiguous positions, 113° West (SATMEX-6), 115° West (SATMEX-5) and 117° West (SATMEX-8) that cover 90% of the population of the Americas. SATMEX was renamed in Eutelsat Americas.




Renaming Satellites


In 2012 Eutelsat started a new system for naming its satellites that will see them named around the Eutelsat brand. The satellites will take the Eutelsat name associated with the relevant figure for their orbital position. For example, Eutelsat’s W6 satellite, which is at the 21.5° East orbital location, will become Eutelsat 21A. Its Atlantic Bird-2 satellite will become Eutelsat 8 West A. The same pattern will also apply to the Ka-Sat Satellite.



References:

www.wikipedia.com
www.WTA.com
www.eutelsat.com
www.eutelsatamericas.com
www.satbeams.com
www.satellitetoday.com
www.spacevids.tv



Satellites 

Eutelsat 48A (Eutelsat W48, Hot Bird-2, Eurobird-9)

Orbital Position: 48° E (Inclined)
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 21 Nov 1996
Launch Operator: Boeing (United Launch Alliance - ULA)
Launch vehicle: Delta II
Expected lifetime: 14 years

Eutelsat 16B (Eurobird 16, Atlantic Bird 4, Hot Bird 4)

Orbital Position: 16° E (Inclined)
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 27 Feb 1998
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 42P
Expected lifetime: 14 years

Eutelsat 115 West A (formerly SATMEX-5)

Orbital Position: 115° W (inclined)
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 05 Dec 1998
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44LP
Expected lifetime: 15+ years

Note: Operated by Eutelsat Americas in Mexico City. Satellite was transferred after the merge with SATMEX in 2014.
 

Telstar-12 (Orion-2)

Orbital Position: 15° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 19 Oct 1999
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44LP
Expected lifetime: 13 years

Note: Telstar-12 was owned by Loral Skynet and is now operated by Telesat after the transfer. Eutelsat is leasing capacity for services between Europe and America.
 

Eutelsat 16C (SESAT, Eutelsat SESat)

Orbital Position: 16° E (inclined)
Manufacturer: ISS Reshetnev
Launch date: 18 Apr 2000
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton K
Expected lifetime: 10 years

Note: RSCC is leasing capacity on their Express-AM22 satellite to Eutelsat and is branding under SESAT-2.
 

Eutelsat 36A (Eutelsat W4)

Orbital Position: 36° E
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 24 May 2000
Launch Operator: Lockheed Martin (International Launch Services - ILS) 
Launch vehicle: Atlas 3A
Expected lifetime: 12 years

Note: RSCC is leasing capacity on Eutelsat 36A for their Direct Broadcasting, IPTV and MPEG4 services. RSCC is branding this service as 36A.

Youtube (RocketCam!!): Watch the Eutelsat 36A Satellite launch!

Eutelsat 28A (Eurobird 1, Eutelsat W1R)

Orbital Position: 28° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 08 March 2001
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariana 5G
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Eutelsat 8 West A (Atlantic Bird-2)

Orbital Position: 8° W
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 25 Sept 2001
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44P
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Eutelsat 5 West A (Atlantic Bird-3)

Orbital Position: 5° W
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 05 July 2002
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5G
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Eutelsat 12 West A (Atlantic Bird-1)

Orbital Position: 12° W
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 28 Aug 2002
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane V
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Eutelsat 8 West C (Eutelsat Hot Bird-13A, Hot Bird-6)

Orbital Position: 8° W
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 28 Aug 2002
Launch Operator: Lockheed Martin (International Launch Services - ILS) 
Launch vehicle: Atlas V
Expected lifetime: 12 years

Eutelsat 33B (Eurobird-1, Eutelsat-25C, Eutelsat-70A, Eutelsat-W1, Eutelsat-W5)

Orbital Position: 33° E
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 27 Nov 2002
Launch Operator: Lockheed Martin (International Launch Services - ILS) 
Launch vehicle: Atlas 2AS
Expected lifetime: 12 years

Eutelsat 31A (Eurobird-3, Eutelsat-33A)

Orbital Position: 31° E
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 27 Sept 2003
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariana 5G
Expected lifetime: 10 years

Eutelsat 7A (Eutelsat W3A)

Orbital Position: 7° E
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 16 March 2004
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Eutelsat 7A Satellte launch!

Eutelsat 172A (GE-23, GE-2i, AMC-23, AMC-13)

Orbital Position: 172° E
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 29 Dec 2005
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 16 years

Eutelsat 9A (Eurobird-9A, Hot Bird 7A)

Orbital Position: 9° E
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 11 March 2006
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Eutelsat 113 West A (formerly SATMEX-6)

Orbital Position: 113° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 27 May 2006
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: Formerly SATMEX-6 and built for SATMEX that has been acquired by Eutelsat in 2014. The satellite is operated by Eutelsat Americas in Mexico City.
 

Eutelsat Hot Bird 13B (Hot Bird 10, Eutelsat-3C, Atlantic Bird 4A)

Orbital Position: 13° E
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 05 June 2006
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Eutelsat Hot Bird 13C (Hot Bird 9)

Orbital Position: 13° E
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 20 Dec 2008
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Eutelsat Hot Bird 13C Satellite launch!

Eutelsat 48D (Eutelsat-28B, Eutelsat W2M, Afghansat-1)

Orbital Position: 48° E
Manufacturer: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
Launch date: 20 Dec 2008
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Eutelsat Hot Bird 13D (Eutelsat-3C, Atlantic Bird 4A, Hot Bird 10)

Orbital Position: 13° E
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 12 Feb 2009
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Eutelsat 10A (Eutelsat W2A)

Orbital Position: 10° E
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 03 April 2009
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Eutelsat 10A Satellite launch!

Eutelsat 36B (Eutelsat W7)

Orbital Position: 36° E
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 24 Nov 2009
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Eutelsat 36B Satellite launch!

Eutelsat KA-SAT 9A (KASAT, KA-Sat)

Orbital Position: 9° E
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 26 Oct 2010
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Eutelsat KA-Sat 9A Satellite launch!

Eutelsat 7 West A (Atlantic Bird 7, Nilesat-104, Atlantic Bird 4R)

Orbital Position: 7° W
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 24 Sept 2011
Launch Operator: Space International Services - SIS (Land Launch)
Launch vehicle: Zenit 3SLB
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: NileSat in Egypt is leasing capacity from Eutelsat 7 West A and branding as Nilesat-104.

Youtube: Watch the Eutelsat 7 West A Satellite launch!

Eutelsat 16A (Eutelsat W3C)

Orbital Position: 16° E
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 07 Oct 2011
Launch Operator: China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC)
Launch vehicle: Long March LM-3B/E
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Eutelsat 16A Satellite launch!

Eutelsat 21B

Orbital Position: 22° E
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 10 Nov 2012
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariana 5ECA
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Eutelsat 21B Satellite launch!

Eutelsat 70B (Eutelsat W5A)

Orbital Position: 70° E
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 03 Dec 2012
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenit 3SL
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Eutelsat 70B Satellite launch!

Eutelsat 117 West A (formerly SATMEX-8)

Orbital Position: 117° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 26 March 2013
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: Originally built for SATMEX to replace their SATMEX-5 satellite. SATMEX merged with Eutelsat in 2014. The satellite is operated by Eutelsat Americas in Mexico City.

Youtube: Watch the Eutelsat 117 West A (SATMEX-8) Satellite launch!

Eutelsat 7B (Eutelsat-3D, Eutelsat W3D)

Orbital Position: 7° E
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 14 May 2013
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Eutelsat 7B Satellite launch!

Eutelsat 25B (Eurobird 2A, Es’hail-1)

Orbital Position: 25,5° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 29 Aug 2013
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: Satellite is jointly owned by Eutelsat and Qatar based Es'HailSat. It will replace Eutelsat-25C that will be moved to another orbital location.

Youtube: Watch the Eutelsat 25B.Es'Hail-1 Satellite launch!

Eutelsat 115 West B (formerly SATMEX-7)

Orbital Position: 115° W
Manufacturer: Boeing Commercial Satellite Services (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 02 Mar 2014
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: Ordered by SATMEX as SATMEX-7 and transferred to Eutelsat after the merge in 2014. The satellite will offer unique coverage over the Galapagos and Easter Islands. The Satellite is operated by Eutelsat Americas in Mexico City.

Youtube: Watch the Eutelsat 115 West B (SATMEX-8) Satellite launch!

Eutelsat 3B

Orbital Position: 3° E
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 26 May 2014
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenit 3SL
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Eutelsat 3B Satellite launch!

Eutelsat 8 West B

Orbital Position: 8° W
Manufacturer: Boeing Commercial Satellite Services (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 20 Aug 2015
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9
Expected lifetime: 15+ years

Youtube: Watch the Eutelsat 8 West B satellite launch and the Eutelsat 8 West B promotion video!

Eutelsat 9B

Orbital Position: 9° E
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 28 January 2016
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15+ years

Youtube: Watch the Eutelsat 9B promotion video!

Eutelsat 36C (Express-AMU1)

Orbital Position: 36° E
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 25 Dec 2015
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: Eutelsat will lease capacity on the new RSCC Express-AMU1 Satellite and will brand this under Eutelsat 36C.

YouTube: Watch the Eutelsat 36C promotion video!
YouTube: Please watch the Express-AMU1 / Eutelsat-36C satellite launch!
 

Eutelsat 117 West B (SATMEX-9)

Orbital Position: 117° W
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 15 June 2016
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9
Expected lifetime: 15+ years

Note: Ordered by SATMEX as SATMEX-9 and transferred during the built after the merge in 2014. The satellite is operated by Eutelsat Americas in Mexico City.

YouTube: Watch the Eutelsat 117 West B promotion video!
YouTube: Watch the ABS-2A dual launch with Eutelsat's EUTELSAT 117 West B satellite launch!
YouTube: Watch the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that failed landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean

Eutelsat 65 West A

Orbital Position: 65° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral
Launch date: 09 March 2016
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane V
Expected lifetime: 15+ years

Youtube: Watch the Eutelsat 65 West A Satellite launch from the Guyana Space Center in Kourou, French Guyana or watch the Eutelsat 65A promotion video!

Eutelsat 172B

Orbital Position: 172° E
Manufacturer: TBD
Launch date: 2017 (estimate)
Launch vehicle: TBD
Expected lifetime: 15+ years
Youtube: Watch the Eutelsat 172B promotion video!