The all-electric Eutelsat 172B satellite went into full commercial service reaching a coveage area from the West coast of the Americas to Asia, Oceania and across the Pacific.
The Eutelsat 172B spacecraft has now reached geostationary orbit, breaking the record for the fastest satellite electric orbit raising (EOR).
Launched June 2, by an Ariane 5 rocket, the Eutelsat 172B satellite has entered a new phase of its journey in space with the initiation of the ascent to geostationary orbit.
On its sixth successful launch during the first half of 2017, Arianespace set a new heavy-lift record tonight with Ariane 5 in delivering the ViaSat-2 and Eutelsat 172B telecommunications satellites to geostationary transfer orbit with flight VA237.
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s sixth mission overall in 2017 is now at the launch zone, ready for a June 1 evening departure to launch the dual-satellite payload of ViaSat-2 and EEutelsat 172B.
The Eutelsat 172B satellite is in the final stages of preparation at the Airbus Defence and Space facility in Toulouse and will be boarded onto a special flight to French Guiana on March 20.
Construction of Eutelsat 172B, the first high-power all-electric telecommunications satellite built in Europe, is now complete at the Airbus satellite assembly facilities in Toulouse.