Eutelsat W3A [Astrium]
Eutelsat W3A, launched in 2004, is the most powerful satellite ordered until then by the Paris-based satellite communications company Eutelsat. It provides a full range of telecommunications applications including digital DVB broadcasting, multimedia, broadband access and pay-per-use bandwidth for corporate networks over a large zone covering Europe and Africa, for a minimum of 12 years.
The payload allows enhanced operational flexibility as compared to previous generations of communications satellites well as multiple regional coverages for or regional or intra-regional connectivity. With 40 transponders and a frequency plan supporting up to 58 channels, W3A is almost doubling the capacity available at 7 degrees East.
Astrium is prime contractor for Eutelsat W3A, for design and manufacture of the satellite and will supply both the platform (based on the Eurostar-3000S version of Astrium's Eurostar series) and the payload.
In December 2011 Eutelsat announced, that their satellite assets will be renamed under a unified brand name effective from March 2012. This satellite became Eutelsat 7A and later Eutelsat 139 West A when it was moved to 139° West.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Equipment:||38 Ku- and 2 Ka-band transponders|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Eutelsat W3A → Eutelsat 7A||2004-008A||15.03.2004||Ba LC-81/24||Proton-M Briz-M (Mod 2)|
Further Eutelsat W missions:
Further Eutelsat missions: