The first all-electric satellite for Europe's Eutelsat communications company is scheduled for launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket Sunday at 10:50 p.m. EST. The Falcon 9 rocket is provided by Space Exploration Technologies Corp., also known as SpaceX.
Built by U.S.-based Boeing Defense and Space, the new Eutelsat 115 West B satellite arrived in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Jan 25.
Equipped with 12 C-band and 34 Ku-band transponders connected to four service areas, Eutelsat 115 West B will extend reach of the Americas to markets in Alaska and Canada, replacing the Eutelsat 115 West A satellite that operates in an inclined orbit at 114.9 degrees West. The new satellite will focus in particular on serving clients providing data services, including broadband access, cellular backhaul, VSAT solutions and social connectivity.