Paris – Eutelsat Communications’ all-electric Eutelsat 172b satellite that went into full commercial service this morning is now offering greatly enhanced flexibility, power and connectivity for users in a vast region stretching from the West coast of the Americas to Asia, Oceania and across the Pacific.
The transfer of services to Eutelsat 172B from Eutelsat 172A was completed seamlessly in a series of overnight manoeuvres, releasing Eutelsat 172A for an alternative orbital position to serve customers in the Asia-Pacific region.
Launched in June this year, Eutelsat 172B sets a new benchmark as the fastest satellite to reach geostationary orbit using electric propulsion (in only four months) and the first optimised for in-flight connectivity across the Pacific. Its innovative High Throughput payload, consisting of 11 spotbeams, will transform efficiency by enabling power to be dynamically allocated as aircraft fly high traffic routes in the Asia Pacific region. This step change will allow Panasonic, the major client of the HTS payload, to better meet passenger demand and cost-effectively ensure consistently high levels of service to airlines.