The new Ultra High Frequency (UHF) payload from Airbus Defence and Space will be carried by Eutelsat Communications’ EUTELSAT 36D satellite. Airbus Defence and Space has already received firm pre-commitments on this payload. Operating in the dedicated 225-400 MHz frequency band, the payload will address French governmental applications and other allied governmental applications to support communications over the EMEA region.
Built by Airbus Defence and Space, the all-electric EUTELSAT 36D will assure all the main legacy missions of EUTELSAT 36B, with enhancements to coverage areas and performance. The satellite is due for launch in the first half of 2024. With coverage of Africa, Russia, and Europe, 36° East is a key orbital slot for Eutelsat and ranks second behind 70° East in Government Services revenue generation.
Commenting on the agreement, Pascal Homsy Eutelsat’s Chief Technical Officer said that they are excited to take their relationship with Airbus to the next level, with this UHF payload. This incremental mission reflects not only the unparalleled coverage of Eutelsat’s fleet but is also a further example of their ability to generate additional value from their core assets, serving Governments as trusted partners.
Cédric Oudiette, Head of Secure Communications Strategy at Airbus Defence and Space further added that they are delighted to have the opportunity to embark their UHF payload at this key orbital position, enabling them to strengthen Airbus’ leading position in satellite communication services for governmental and defense applications.
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