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Europe’s two leading satellite operators have both announced they are in a high state of readiness for imminent launches.

eutelsat SES 16 March 2017First onto the pad will be Eutelsat, whose 172B satellite is in the final stages of preparation at the Airbus Defence and Space facility in Toulouse and will be boarded onto a special flight to French Guiana on 20 March. The 3.5 tonne satellite first European-built high-power all-electric satellite is scheduled for an Ariane launch on 25 April from the European Spaceport.

EUTELSAT 172B will deliver increased capacity for fast-growing applications that include video distribution and will be located at 172° East, a key neighbourhood providing Asia Pacific reach over land and sea, from Alaska to Australia. EUTELSAT 172B will replace the EUTELSAT 172A satellite to provide service continuity and improved performance via C and Ku-band payloads connected to a range of footprints. It will also feature a new Ku-band multi-beam payload delivering 1.8Gbps of throughput to serve the world’s fastest-growing region for air traffic with in-flight entertainment and connectivity services.

Meanwhile the SES-15 satellite has arrived at the European space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for its launch by a Soyuz vehicle in April 2017. Designed and manufactured by Boeing, SES-15 will carry a hybrid payload, with additional Ku-band wide beams and Ku- as well as Ka-band high throughput satellite (HTS) capability. The satellite will be equipped with an electric propulsion system for orbit-raising and in-orbit manoeuvres.

The satellite is the first SES hybrid satellite to be launched and is equipped with 16 Ku-band transponders (36MHz equivalent) as well as a 10 GHz high throughput payload. The all-electric satellite will operate at the new orbital position of 129° West and will serve North America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
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