EXCLUSIVE – Two satellites commissioned by Eutelsat are expected to replace three satellite satellites HotBird in 2022, which form the world's reference television program.
In the market for small telecommunications satellites, Airbus records the first order of the year. According to our information, the French operator Eutelsat chose Airbus Defense & Space (DS), a subsidiary of the European Space Giant, to receive it from two television satellites. This is the first commercial success of the new line of large telecommunications satellites of the Airbus DS, developed on the Eurostar Neo platform. These 4.5-tonne satellites benefit from a new design, new production methods (especially 3D printing) and a faster production cycle.
Two satellites commissioned by Eutelsat are expected to replace three satellite satellites HotBird since 2022, representing the world's reference TV broadcasting center, with more than a thousand channels being split into around 135 million customers around the world. Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The contract is valued at around 500 million euros.
This contract will have to be signed on Monday, November 18, in London, the Ministry of the Economy, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in the presence of Eutelsat Director Rodolph Belmer and Nicolas Chamussy, Space Systems Director, Space Airbus DS. At the start of the decisive week of the government Theresa, in the midst of the crisis, sent Brexit, Airbus and Eutelsat to trust Britain, the key partner of the European space industry. The UK Space Agency has actually participated in the financing of the Eurostar Neo Platform, together with its French counterpart Cnes and the European Space Agency (ESA).
Satellites, assembled and tested in Toulouse, include the equipment "Made in the UK", in which Space Systems employs 3,000 people. At the Portsmouth factory, a load is charged for the Stevenage mission and location, service and power module.