Spacecraft launch service provider Sea Launch said that Eutelsat’s 70B satellite was successfully sent into orbit through a Zenit S3 rocket. The lift-off occurred on December 3, and the bird is now headed to its new location at 70.5 degrees East.
According to Eutelsat, the 70B satellite has been equipped with 48 Ku-band transponders that will offer broad widebeam coverage on fixed beams across Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Africa, and Europe. The satellite company also said the new vessel will be optimised primarily for data and government services, internet from satellite, and GSM backhauling.
The 70B satellite is a valuable addition to the French-based satellite company’s fleet, and will compliment the services from the Eutelsat 172A satellite, while replacing the old 70A bird which will consequently be redeployed to another location.