SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launches Eutelsat 10B Satellite

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Eutelsat 10B – the newest communications satellite to join the fleet from French operator Eutelsat – has just launched atop SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. It’s the third expendable booster launch this month.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket first stage launched Eutelsat 10B to a geosynchronous transfer orbit Tuesday evening from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Falcon 9’s nine main engines produced 1.7 million pounds of thrust for about two-and-a-half minutes to get the spacecraft into orbit.

What is Eutelsat 10B?

Eutelsat 10B is a high-througput communications satellite built by Thales Alenia Space for the international operator. It will provide in-flight and maritime connectivity across Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, Africa, Asia and the Atlantic Ocean.

It also hosts two wide beam C-band and Ku-band payloads to extend services currently provided by the aging Eutelsat 10A satellite, which launched in 2009. The satellite will enter service in 2023, according to Pascal Homsy, chief technical officer at Eutelsat.

Launched Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the Eutelsat 10B rocket’s upper stage released the payload from the rocket about 35 minutes after liftoff. The satellite then began maneuvers with an on-board electrical propulsion system to circularize its orbit at geostationary altitude around 22,000 miles over the equator.

The launch is the fourth large Eutelsat communications satellite to launch in the past two-and-a-half months. It follows the Eutelsat Konnect VHTS satellite and two Hotbird TV broadcasting satellites, which joined Eutelsat’s fleet after launches from Florida on Falcon 9 rockets in October and earlier this month.

What is the Eutelsat 10B payload?

Eutelsat 10B is a communications satellite for the Paris, France-headquartered operator, which provides data transfer services for fixed and mobile networks. It replaces an aging Eutelsat 10A satellite in the 10-degree East orbital slot, offering unique visibility across the Americas and Asia.

It is built by Thales Alenia Space and launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It is based on the Spacebus Neo all-electric platform and will carry Ku-band and C-band payloads to ensure service continuity for existing customers on Eutelsat 10A, while supporting the development of the Group’s activities in mobile connectivity thanks to two incremental multi-beam HTS Ku-band payloads.

Eutelsat 10B is the latest in a string of large telecommunications satellite launches for the company. It follows a pair of Hotbird TV broadcasting satellites that joined Eutelsat’s fleet earlier this year on Falcon 9 rockets, and the launch of the Eutelsat Konnect VHTS satellite in September on an Ariane 5.

What is the Eutelsat 10B launch schedule?

SpaceX blasted a new Eutelsat satellite into orbit Tuesday evening (November 22) on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. The all-electric Eutelsat 10B will support in-flight and maritime connectivity for air traffic and the rapidly expanding market for connecting ships to the internet.

The Paris, France-headquartered operator has had an eventful year of launches for its fleet, starting with two Egyptian Nilesat-301 and SES-12 communications satellites in June. Earlier this month, a pair of Hotbird TV broadcasting satellites joined the firm’s fleet and now this Eutelsat 10B has been launched.

Built by Thales Alenia Space, the Eutelsat 10B satellite will be located at the 10deg East slot and will offer unique visibility across Europe and the Middle East. It will carry two multi-beam High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Ku-band payloads. These will cover the North Atlantic “corridor” emphasizing Europe, the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East. These payloads process more than 50 GHz of bandwidth and offer data throughput of about 35 gigabits per second.

What is the Eutelsat 10B orbit?

Eutelsat 10B, built by Thales Alenia Space, was launched from Cape Canaveral on a SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket. It deployed from the upper stage of the rocket about 35 minutes after launch.

The satellite is a replacement for the EUTELSAT 10A telecommunications satellite, which is scheduled to reach its end of life in 2023. The mission will add capacity for in-flight and maritime connectivity over Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.

According to the Eutelsat company, this will be accomplished through two secondary multi-beam HTS Ku-band payloads that will offer 35 gigabits per second of bandwidth. The first will be placed above the North Atlantic corridor, Europe and the Mediterranean basin while the second will extend services across the Atlantic Ocean, Africa and India.

The Eutelsat 10B mission is the latest example of how GEO operators are extending their reach to fast-growing inflight and maritime connectivity markets. In October, aviation broadband internet provider Gogo signed a deal to lease a significant amount of Eutelsat 10B’s high throughput capacity.

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