EutelSat 172B satellite begins ascent to geo

Recently launched EutelSat 172B satellite has entered a new phase of its journey into space with the initiation of the ascent to geostationary orbit, the company said.

The first European high power electric satellite, built by Airbus, will take approximately four months to complete the climb to 172° East, monitored by EutelSat and Airbus from Toulouse using a dedicated network of stations located around the planet. EutelSat´s (Paris:ETL) new satellite is scheduled to enter into service in the fourth quarter of this year.

Since launch, EutelSat 172B has undergone a series of critical manoeuvres that include positioning of electric propulsion motors attached to robotic arms in preparation for orbit-raising, and the full deployment of solar panels to generate power during this phase.

EutelSat 172B will deliver increased capacity for fast-growing applications that include in-flight and maritime connectivity, cellular backhaul, corporate networks, video and government services.

Established in 1977, EutelSat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world´s and most experienced operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 39 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies.