Eutelsat, Es'hailSat select Arianespace for satellite

MUMBAI: Global satellite operator Eutelsat and Es‘hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, have selected Arianespace to launch their Eutelsat 25B[1] / Es‘hail 1 satellite in the second quarter of 2013 on board an Ariane 5 launcher.

The contract signed with Arianespace to deliver Eutelsat 25B / Es‘hail 1 into orbit marks a further step forward in Eutelsat and Es‘hailSat‘s joint programme to operate a high-performance satellite at 25.5° East, a longstanding orbital position serving expanding markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.

The new satellite will provide superior coverage and power to follow on from Eutelsat‘s Eutelsat 25A satellite. In addition to securing Ku-band continuity for Eutelsat and Ku-band resources for Es‘hailSat, it will initiate a Ka-band capability to open business opportunities for both parties.

The satellite, weighing over six tonnes, is under construction by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L).

Eutelsat CEO Michel de Rosen said, "Together with our partner, Es‘hailSat, we are delighted to entrust the launch of our satellite to Arianespace that has delivered Eutelsat with reliability, flexibility and on-time performance over almost 30 years. This mission for 2013 is a new marker in a solid and longstanding relationship, enabling Eutelsat to pursue our objective to renew and expand the resources and quality of service we provide our customers."

Es‘hailSat CEO Ali Ahmed Al Kuwari said, "We are delighted that, together with Eutelsat, we have been able to select Arianespace to launch our first satellite. Es‘hail 1 is just the start of our mission to provide high quality, independent satellite services to meet Qatar‘s national stakeholder‘s interests and serve customers throughout the Middle East and North Africa".

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