Thursday, August 3, 2006

Eutelsat's HOT BIRD 8 Successfully Launched

Eutelsat's HOT BIRD 8 satellite, the largest and most powerful European Ku-band broadcast satellite to date, was successfully launched by a Proton Breeze M launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

HOT BIRD 8 will assume all broadcast traffic currently carried by the 20-transponder HOT BIRD 3 which will subsequently continue commercial service at an alternative location. The new satellite's additional capacity will contribute to raising in-orbit security at Eutelsat's HOT BIRD video neighbourhood which broadcasts 950 digital channels to over 110 million cable and satellite homes across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

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