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Monday, July 29, 2013
Joint Europe/Qatar communications satellite arrives at launch site
Eutelsat 25B satellite of Eutelsat Communications has arrived at the
European spaceport in French Guiana and is now in final stages of
preparation for launch by an Ariane 5 vehicle on Aug. 29.
by U.S.-based Space Systems/Loral,
this high-power, multi-mission satellite is jointly owned by Eutelsat
and Es'hailSat from Qatar. It will be operated at 25.5 degrees east on Earth's equator, currently occupied by the Eutelsat 25C
satellite, in order to provide communications coverage over the Middle
East, North Africa and Central Asia for broadcasting,
telecommunications and government services in
Ku and Ka-bands.
satellite is designed to provide service for 15 years or more.