Astrium set to build broadcast satellite for 2014 launch

Astrium has been selected by Eutelsat Communications to build Eutelsat 9B, a broadcast satellite addressing high-growth video markets in Europe, to be launched at the end of 2014.

Over its 15-year mission lifetime, Eutelsat 9B will operate up to 66 Ku-band transponders connected to a broad European widebeam and four regional beams over European countries.

In addition to its broadcast mission, Eutelsat 9B will host the first data relay payload for the European Data Relay Satellite System (EDRS) being implemented through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between Astrium and ESA. The EDRS system of telecommunication satellites in geostationary orbit will enable very high data rate, bi-directional data relay communications between Low Earth Orbit Earth observation satellites and an associated ground segment.

Based on Astrium’s successful Eurostar E3000 platform, Eutelsat 9B will have a launch mass of 5,300kg and an electrical power of 12kW.