EUTELSAT 36B (formerly EUTELSAT W7) is a communications satellite in the W series operated by EUTELSAT. It is co-located with EUTELSAT 36A satellite at 36° East. It was launched on 23 November 2009, at 14:19:10 UTC, by a Proton launch vehicle.
|Names||EUTELSAT W7 (2009-2012)|
EUTELSAT 36B (2012-present)
|Mission duration||15 years (planned)|
11 years, 7 months and 7 days (in progress)
|Manufacturer||Alcatel Alenia Space|
|Launch mass||5,627 kg (12,405 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||24 November 2009,|
|Rocket||Proton-M / Briz-M|
|Launch site||Baikonur, Site 200/39|
|Contractor||Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center|
|Entered service||January 2010|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Coverage area||Europe, Africa, Middle East, Russia, Central Asia|
EUTELSAT and Alcatel Alenia Space announced in December 2006 that the two companies have signed a contract under which Alcatel Alenia Space will manufacture and deliver the EUTELSAT W7 communications satellite. Manufactured by Thales Alenia Space in its Cannes Mandelieu Space Center, based on a Spacebus-4000C4 satellite bus, it features up to 70 Ku-band transponders, 12 kW of power, a weight of 5,627 kg (12,405 lb), and has a lifetime of about 17 years (2009-2026).
EUTELSAT 36B is one of the most powerful spacecraft in the fleet of Eutelsat. Digital broadcasting and direct-to-home (DTH) video services is beamed to customers in Russia and sub-Saharan Africa. The new satellite replaced all the capacity on the SESAT 1 (now EUTELSAT 16C) satellite, which was redeployed to 16° East after nearly 10 years of operations at 36° East. EUTELSAT 36B communications payload is connected to five downlink beams for Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
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