KA-SAT is a high-throughput telecommunications satellite owned by Eutelsat. The satellite provides broadband Internet access services across Europe and also a small area of the Middle East,[2] and additionally the Saorsat TV service to Ireland. It is positioned at 9°E,[3] joining the Eurobird 9A Ku band satellite. KA-SAT was manufactured by EADS Astrium, based on the Eurostar E3000 platform, with a total weight of 6 tons.[1] It was launched by Proton in December 2010.[2] The satellite is named after the Ka band frequency, which is used on the spacecraft.

Artist rendering of the KA-SAT satellite
Mission typeCommunication
COSPAR ID2010-069A
SATCAT no.37258
Spacecraft properties
BusEurostar E3000
ManufacturerEADS Astrium
Launch mass6,150 kilograms (13,560 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date26 December 2010 (2010-12-26)
Launch siteBaikonur 200/39
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric