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Eutelsat 7C

Eutelsat 7C [SSL]

Space Systems/Loral (SSL) announced in March 2016, that it was selected to provide the Eutelsat 7C Ku-band communications satellite.

Eutelsat 7C is based on an all-electric propulsion version of the SSL-1300 satellite platform.

To be launched in third quarter 2018, and equipped with 44 operational Ku-band transponders, the new satellite will be copositioned with Eutelsat 7B, releasing Eutelsat 7A to another orbital location. This improved two-satellite constellation will enable Eutelsat to optimise resources across both satellites, with enhanced coverage flexibility and connectivity set to take the 7° East neighbourhood to a new level. By almost doubling capacity over Sub-Saharan Africa, from 22 to 42 transponders, it will also make room for several hundred additional digital channels to support the region’s fast expanding TV market.

Eutelsat 7C will also be equipped with a beam providing enhanced capacity for government services over Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, and a beam that can be steered to cover any region visible from 7° East.

Nation: International
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Eutelsat
Contractors: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Equipment: 44 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: SSL-1300 (all electric)
Propulsion: 4 × SPT-100 plasma thrusters
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass:
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Eutelsat 7C - 2018 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with ?
Further Eutelsat missions: