Hellas-Sat 3/Inmarsat S EAN (EuropaSat) at 39° East
|Manufacturer:||Thales Alenia Space|
|Launch vehicle:||Proton M/Breeze|
|Expected lifetime:||15+ Years|
Hellas-Sat is a premium satellite communications solutions provider founded in 2001 and acquired by satellite operator Arabsat, the 6th largest satellite operator in the world in 2013.
Hellas-Sat satellites are located at 39° East orbital slot offering excellent coverage over Europe, Middle-East and Southern Africa, delivering leading DTH-operators content to more than 3 million households, while we provide cost-effective solutions to enterprises and governments that want to expand connectivity to every location of their network in our coverage areas.
From Hellas-Sat ground facilities in Greece and Cyprus, the operator provides a wide range of managed services to meet customers’ communications needs when and wherever is required.
Hellas-Sat 3/Inmarsat S EAN (EuropaSat) is a so called condosat, a satellite with a shared spacecraft bus. The satellite is jointly owned by Hellas-Sat and Inmarsat satellite operators. Inmarsat operates the European Aviation Network (EAN), a unique, award-winning inflight broadband solution that has been developed and delivered by Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom (DT) in partnership with leading European companies such as Thales, Nokia, Airbus and EAD Aerospace. For Inmarsat the satellite will deliver a S-band Multi-beam mission and replaces the earlier cancelled EuropaSat project.
The satellite originally had a launch contract on a Falcon Heavy launch vehicle, operated by launch operator SpaceX. Inmarsat also had signed an option for a launch on ILS’ Proton Briz/M launcher to safeguard against further delays of the Falcon-Heavy. In late 2016, it was moved to an Ariane 5ECA launch in mid 2017.
Finally, on June 29th 2017 the Hellas Sat 3/Inmarsat S EAN satellite was launched successfully by launch operator Arianepace and replaced Hellas-Sat 2. The satellite weighed about 5.9 tonnes at launch and would offer payload power of about 12.3 kW. Inmarsat S/Europasat/Hellas-Sat 3 is positioned at 39° East.