EXCLUSIVE – The two satellites ordered by Eutelsat are intended to replace the three HotBird satellites, which form a reference television broadcast center in the world, starting in 2022.
In a market with small telecommunications satellites, Airbus registers its first order of the year. According to our information, Airbus Defense & Space (DS), a subsidiary of the European Space Giant, has been chosen by the French operator Eutelsat to deliver it with two TV satellites. This order represents the first commercial success of the new line of major Airbus DS telecom satellites developed on the Eurostar Neo platform. These 4.5 ton satellites benefit from a new design, new manufacturing methods (especially 3D printing) and a faster production cycle.
The two satellites ordered by Eutelsat are intended to replace the three HotBird satellites, which form a benchmark for the TV broadcast hub in the world, starting in 2022, with over a thousand channels distributed to 135 million customers worldwide. Europe, Middle East and North Africa. The contract is valued at around 500 million euros.
The order will be signed this Monday, 18 November, in London, the Economy, Economy and Industry Department, in the presence of Rodolphe Belmer, President of Eutelsat, and Nicolas Chamussy, Chief of Space Systems, Space Shuttle on the Airbus DS. a decisive week for Theresa Mays government in the Brexit crisis, Airbus and Eutelsat send confidence to Britain, a key space partner for the European space industry. The British Space Agency has really participated in the financing of the Eurostar Neo platform, along with its French counterpart, Cnes and European space organization (ESA).
The satellites, assembled and tested in Toulouse, include "Made in Britain", where Space Systems employs 3000 people. The Portsmouth factory provides payroll for the Stevenage mission and the location, service and propulsion module.