EXCLUSIVE – The two satellites commissioned by Eutelsat are intended to replace, as of 2022, the three HotBird satellites that form a reference center for TV broadcasting in the world.
In a market of small telecommunications satellites, Airbus registers its first order of the year. According to our information, Airbus Defense & Space (DS), a subsidiary of the European aerospace giant, was chosen by the French operator Eutelsat to provide two television satellites. This order represents the first commercial success of the new line of Airbus DS telecommunications satellites developed on the Eurostar Neo platform. These 4.5-ton satellites benefit from a new design, new manufacturing methods (3D printing in particular) and a production cycle faster.
The two satellites commissioned by Eutelsat are intended to replace, as of 2022, the three HotBird satellites, which form a reference TV broadcasting hub in the world, with over a thousand channels distributed to around 135 million customers worldwide the world. Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The contract is valued at around 500 million euros.
Rodolphe Belmer, executive director of Eutelsat, and Nicolas Chamussy, director of "Space Systems", are due to sign the order this Monday, November 18, in London at the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Industrial Strategy. "At the start of a crucial week for Theresa May's government amid the Brexit crisis, Airbus and Eutelsat send a message of confidence to Britain, a key partner in the European space industry The UK Space Agency has in fact participated in the financing of the Eurostar Neo platform, alongside its French counterpart Cnes, and the European Space Agency (ESA).
The satellites, assembled and tested in Toulouse, include "made in the UK" equipment, where Space Systems employs 3,000 people. The Portsmouth factory provides payload for mission and local Stevenage, service module and propulsion.