Paris, August 28 2001 - Eutelsat S.A., one of the world's leading providers of satellite communications solutions, announced today that its ATLANTIC BIRD™ 2 satellite has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou and is undergoing preparations for planned launch by Arianespace on September 25.
The new satellite will be positioned in geostationary orbit over the Atlantic in order to provide a full range of broadband and broadcasting services between the Americas, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
Giuliano Berretta, Eutelsat CEO and Chairman of the Board said: "The launch of ATLANTIC BIRD™ 2 underscores Eutelsat's objective to strengthen our satellite offer in order to meet substantial demands for capacity across the Atlantic and develop business in the Americas. Combined with ATLANTIC BIRD™ 1 (due for launch in first quarter 2002), Eutelsat's recent announcement of a 21.15 per cent stake in Hispasat and the creation of a joint venture company to launch the Amazonas satellite to 61 degrees West in 2003, this new satellite will give us considerable resource for markets with exciting growth potential".
Equipped with 26 transponders (equivalent to approximately 1 Gbps of capacity) ATLANTIC BIRD™ 2 has an exceptional degree of flexibility that will enable Eutelsat to satisfy regional and intercontinental requirements for video, data and high-speed Internet applications.
The new satellite's flexible design will enable:
* Communications within Europe via a high-power beam centred over western and central Europe (replacing Ku-band capacity commercialised by Eutelsat on France Telecom's Telecom 2A satellite).
* Communications between North and South America, including the Caribbean, and western central America.
* Communications from the Americas direct into the heart of Europe as far as Russia and including Turkey, the near Middle East and North Africa.
* Regional communications in South America through a high-power beam centred over Brazil.
ATLANTIC BIRD™ 2 vital statistics
Launch window on September 25: TBC GMT
Orbital position: 8 degrees West
Payload: 26 Ku-band transponders
Downlink frequencies: 12.50-12.75GHz, 11.20-11.45GHz (Europe)
Transponder bandwidth: 72 MHz, 54 MHz, 33 MHz
Coverages: two fixed beams, 1 steerable spotbeam
Power at beam centre: 54 dBW for fixed beam, 53 dBW for steerable spotbeam (45cm reception antennas)
On-board power 7.4kW
Mass at lift-off: 3060 Kg
Dry mass: 1355 Kg (nominal)
Lifetime: 15 years minimum
Dimensions 2900mm x 3440mm x 4710mm
Span in orbit 29m
Eutelsat S.A. is one of the world's leading providers of satellite communications solutions for business and private needs. The company provides television and radio broadcasting, Internet access and multimedia entertainment, IP business solutions, corporate network solutions and professional communications applications in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South-West Asia and North and South America. From its HOT BIRD™ and other orbital positions Eutelsat broadcasts 900 TV channels and 560 radio channels to 85 million satellite and cable homes. Eutelsat operates a system of 18 satellites, uses capacity on three additional satellites and has a total of seven satellites in construction. Company turnover for 2000 was €686 million. Headquartered in Paris; Eutelsat's workforce comprises 370 people from 23 countries.
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