EXCLUSIVE. The two satellites ordered by Eutelsat are intended to replace, since 2022, the three HotBird satellites, which form the base center for television broadcasting in the world.
On the market of small telecommunications satellites, Airbus records its first order of the year. According to our information, Airbus Defense & Space (DS), a subsidiary of the European aerospace giant, was chosen by the French operator Eutelsat to supply it with two television satellites. This order represents the first commercial success of the new line of large communications satellites, Airbus DS, developed on the Eurostar Neo platform. These 4.5-ton satellites receive a new design, new production methods (in particular, 3D printing) and a faster production cycle.
The two satellites ordered by Eutelsat are intended to replace, starting in 2022, the three HotBird satellites that form the base broadcasting center in the world, with over a thousand channels distributed to 135 million customers worldwide. Europe, Middle East and North Africa. The contract is estimated at approximately 500 million euros.
The order is to be signed on Monday, November 18, in London, at the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in the presence of Rodolph Belmer, General Director of Eutelsat, and Nicolas Chamussi, Director of Space Systems, Airbus DS Space Branch. At the beginning of a decisive week for the government Theresa May at the height of the crisis Brexit Airbus and Eutelsat sent a message of trust to the UK, a key partner of the European space industry. The British Space Agency did participate in the financing of the Eurostar Neo platform, along with its French counterpart Knesse and the European Space Agency (ESA).
Satellites collected and tested in Toulouse include “made in the UK” equipment, in which Space Systems employs 3,000 people. The Portsmouth plant provides a payload for the mission and Stevenage site, service and powertrain.