The EUTELSAT 3B satellite was successfully launched from Sea Launch's ocean-based Odyssey platform using a Zenit-3SL rocket.
The EUTELSAT 3B satellite, which weighs 5,967 kilograms, operate three commercial payloads in the C, Ku and Ka bands. The satellite will enable Eutelsat to diversify its commercial response to Internet Service Providers, telcos, government agencies and broadcasters operating in Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. EUTELSAT 3B has a designed in-orbit lifetime exceeding 15 years.
This marks Sea Launch's first mission in 2014, its third for Eutelsat, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, and its 36th mission overall.
Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat Chairman and CEO, added “We are delighted to see EUTELSAT 3B on its way to 3 degrees East and thank Sea Launch and Energia for this flawless launch. EUTELSAT 3B will be a powerful asset to our in-orbit resources, enabling us to increase the operational flexibility and reach we provide customers in a vast service area spanning Brazil, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. ”