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Satellite operator Eutelsat has confirmed that its Eutelsat 65 west A satellite arrived in Kourou on February 6th and is on track for launch on March 9th by an Ariane rocke at 02:22 local time (05:22 GMT, 06:22 CET).
Built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) in California, Eutelsat 65 west A is a tri-band satellite designed to target fast-growing markets across Latin America. Its high-power Ku-band payload will enable DTH reception of digital and HD channels across Brazil with 60cm antennas and facilitate corporate connectivity in Central America, the Caribbean and the Andean region. Eutelsat 65 west A also features a transatlantic C-band coverage for cross-continental video contribution and distribution and a multi-spotbeam Ka-band payload that will promote broadband access across Latin America, notably Brazil.
Eutelsat 65 west A will be located at 65° west, a premier position for the Brazilian TV market. The satellite will reach geostationary orbit ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, providing what the operator describes as a unique solution for live TV transmissions from Brazil to Latin America and Europe and further afield via Eutelsat’s global fleet.
The craft will also deliver flexible high throughput coverage of Latin America to address growing demand for connectivity. The Brazilian Ka-band payload is already fully booked, selected by Hughes Network Systems do Brasil (Hughes) as its springboard for mass market broadband services.
According to Eutelsat, the craft is another step strengthening its position as an operator of reference across the Americas. Coverage was bolstered in 2015 by the launch of Eutelsat 115 west B and will be further consolidated later this year by Eutelsat 117 west B.