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Eutelsat commissions new W3C satellite

Paris, France - The chosen producer is Thales Alenia Space

(WAPA) - Eutelsat Communications issued yesterday (March, 12th) in a press release that Thales Alenia Space has been commissioned to build the W3C satellite. The rapid order of W3C follows Eutelsat's decision taken in January 2009 not to integrate the W2M satellite into its fleet following a major anomaly which occurred during its transfer from the location used for in-orbit tests to its operating position.

Scheduled for launch in third quarter 2011 and equipped with 56 transponders, W3C will be based on the Spacebus 4000 platform of Thales Alenia Space. It will enable Eutelsat to support expanding business of existing customers, notably broadcasters now launching their first HDTV channels. It will also bring fresh capacity to boost Eutelsat's resources in other regions, more than Europe, Africa, Middle East and central Asia were Eutelsat is leader already.

The investment in the new satellite is included in the capital expenditure programme for the 2008-2011 period of €450 million on average per year.

Key data for W3C
Platform: Thales Alenia Space Spacebus 4000
Height: 5.8 m
Length: 2.0 m
Width: 2.2 m
Width with solar panels deployed: 34 m
Mass at launch: 5.4 tonnes
Power at end-of-life: 12 kW
Operational life: 15 years +. (Avionews)

(World Aeronautical Press Agency - )
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