Press Release

Launch Campaign Resumes for Eutelsat’s KA-SAT Satellite Launch Scheduled for Night of 26-27 December 2010

By SpaceRef Editor
December 24, 2010
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Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) confirmed today that the launch campaign of its KA-SAT satellite by an ILS Proton Breeze M vehicle has resumed at the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Launch is scheduled in the night of 26 to 27 December 2010 (21.51GMT, 22.51CET on 26 December, 03.51 in Baikonour on 27 December). Spacecraft separation will occur approximately 9 hours, 12 minutes after liftoff.

Joint operations in Baikonour by ILS, Khrunichev, Eutelsat and Astrium, which began on 20 November for an initially scheduled launch on 20 December, were interrupted pending the conclusions from the Russian State Commission on the GLONASS mission of December 5. To watch the launch live:

Webcast on and or

Via HOT BIRD(TM) 8 for viewers in Europe, North Africa, Middle East. Downlink frequency 12149 MHz, Vertical polarisation, Symbol rate 27500; FEC 3/4.

The videotransmission from Baikonour will begin approximately 20 minutes before liftoff.

About Eutelsat Communications

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is the holding company of Eutelsat S.A.. With capacity commercialised on 26 satellites that provide coverage over the entire European continent, as well as the Middle East, Africa, India and significant parts of Asia and the Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world’s three leading satellite operators in terms of revenues. At 30 June 2010, Eutelsat’s satellites were broadcasting more than 3,600 television channels. More than 1,100 channels broadcast via its HOT BIRD(TM) video neighbourhood at 13 degrees East which serves over 120 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The Group’s satellites also serve a wide range of fixed and mobile telecommunications services, TV contribution markets, corporate networks, and broadband markets for Internet Service Providers and for transport, maritime and in-flight markets. Eutelsat’s broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates access to high speed internet services through teleports in France and Italy that serve enterprises, local communities, government agencies and aid organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ nearly 661 commercial, technical and operational employees from 28 countries.

SpaceRef staff editor.