Reston, VA – May 7, 2013

EUTELSAT 3D communications satellite
Spacebus 4000 Platform
Separated spacecraft mass: 5,470 kg

Launch Vehicle:    
Proton M/Breeze M
705,000 kg (1,554,000 lbs), including payload
58.2 m (191ft)

Launch Date:    
May 14, 2013

Launch Time:    
22:02:00 Baikonur
20:02:00 Moscow
18:02:00 Paris
16:02:00 GMT
12:02:00 EDT

Launch Site:    
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Launch Pad 39

Launch Customer:    
Eutelsat Communications, Paris, France

Satellite Manufacturer:    
Thales Alenia Space, Cannes, France

Launch Vehicle Manufacturer:    
Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center,
Moscow, Russia

Launch Services Provider:
International Launch Services, Virginia, USA

Satellite Use:    
EUTELSAT 3D will bring resources, reach and flexibility for high-growth professional video, data, telecom and broadband services at 3° east, an orbital position that sits at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia. Through a configuration of Ku and Ka transponders connected to three footprints, Eutelsat’s new satellite will serve customers in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. A fourth footprint in the Ku-band will serve customers in sub-Saharan Africa. EUTELSAT 3D will be located at 3° east until the launch in 2014 of EUTELSAT 3B that will further extend coverage to South America. It will subsequently continue service at 7° east.

Satellite Statistics:    
__56 Ku and Ka-band transponders
__Planned initial orbital location: 3° east longitude
__Anticipated service life: 15 years

Mission Profile:    
The Proton M launch vehicle, utilizing a 5-burn Breeze M mission design, will lift off from Pad 39 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, with the EUTELSAT 3D satellite on board. The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent profile to place the orbital unit (Breeze M upper stage and the EUTELSAT 3D satellite) into a sub-orbital trajectory. From this point in the mission, the Breeze M will perform planned mission maneuvers to advance the orbital unit first to a circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a geosynchronous transfer orbit. Separation of the EUTELSAT 3D satellite is scheduled to occur approximately 9 hours, 13 minutes after liftoff.

Target Orbit at Separation:    
Perigee 6,775 km
Apogee: 35,696 km
Inclination: 17.5 degrees

Spacecraft Separation:    
Approximately 9 hours, 13 minutes after liftoff

ILS Mission Statistics:    
_3rd ILS Proton Launch in 2013
_80th ILS Proton Launch Overall
_7th Eutelsat Satellite Launched on Proton
_9th Thales Alenia Space Satellite Launched on ILS Proton

Live Broadcast:
Live Coverage starting at 11:45 EDT/ 15:45 GMT
Launch is scheduled for 12:02 EDT/ 16:02 GMT
Broadcast concludes no later than 12:45 EDT/ 16:45 GMT

Webcast stream seen can be seen at:

Via Satellite Today at:

Satellite Test Signals:
HD test for US/AMC-9 will begin at 11:15 EDT
Live test for Europe/Eutelsat/Baikonur will begin at 11:15 EDT/15:15 GMT
In Baikonur and Europe, the Launch Broadcast will be seen on the following (HD):

EBU REF 13/032766/01 amendment 01
EUTELSAT 10A (EX W2A) 10 deg East TXP B4 Channel 12MHZ SLOT 4G12
Uplink Frequency: 14381 MHZ POL X BY D-FRA-022  UP3 (ASI
Downlink Frequency: 11081 MHZ POL Y
HD 1080i 50Hz DVBS2 8PSK 9.875Ms/s FEC 3/4,
P RoF 0.2 (MPEG4/H.264 420 21.503 Mbps)

In the US, the Launch Broadcast will be seen on the following (HD):
AMC-9, transponder C10, channel C10B
83 degrees West
18 mhz.
Uplink Frequency: 6,134.000 / Horizontal
Downlink frequency: 3,909.000 / Vertical
1080i QPSK
FEC:  3/4
Symbol rate: 13.333, DVB – S, MPEG2 HD 4:2:0

More Information:       
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