Following the launch of the Eutelsat 172B satellite, Eutelsat
Communications has announced a new launch services contract with
The Arianespace order book now includes three future launches for
Eutelsat in addition to the 32 Eutelsat satellites already launched by
the European launch services provider over more than 30 years for one of
the world’s leading satellite operators.
Of the three satellites to be launched, Eutelsat 7C (built by SSL) will
be orbited in 2018, followed in 2019 by Eutelsat Quantum built by
Airbus and the high throughput satellite built by Thales.
“Following today’s historic Ariane launch of Europe’s first high-power
all-electric satellite, we are proud to once again team up with
Arianespace, a long-standing partner and a leader in Europe’s vibrant
space industry,” commented Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat.
“The technological diversity of the three new satellites entrusted to
Arianespace is a compelling reflection of our commitment to innovation
for the greater benefit of our customers, and to maintaining our
Stéphane Israël, CEO of Arianespace, added: “This latest contract
bolsters Eutelsat’s position as a benchmark customer of Europe’s heavy
launcher, since Ariane 5 will launch three satellites for the European
operator in 2018 and 2019. Our hope is that Ariane 6 will subsequently
take over so that we can help Eutelsat meet its objectives even more