Maxar Technologies announced on Friday that the all-electric EUTELSAT 7C communications satellite performed according to plan after the satellite was launched aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the Arianespace launch base in Kourou, French Guiana and will soon begin providing broadcast services for Eutelsat customers.
Once in service, EUTELSAT 7C will deliver high-quality broadcast services to multiple regions, including Africa, the Middle East and Turkey. Based on Maxar’s decades-proven 1300-class platform, EUTELSAT 7C is equipped with 44 Ku-band transponders and a steerable antenna beam, which enables Eutelsat to adjust coverage as needed while the satellite is on-orbit.
The satellite also carries a highly innovative photonics payload, which will demonstrate technologies to enable more efficient payload designs in the future.
“An innovative and reliable spacecraft manufacturer for more than 60 years, Maxar Space Solutions has built and launched 280 spacecraft with a combined 2,200 years of on-orbit service. EUTELSAT 7C is the third satellite built by Maxar for Eutelsat,” said Megan Fitzgerald, Maxar’s senior vice president and General Manager of Space Solutions.
“I would like to thank our long-term customer, Eutelsat, for their collaborative working relationship and forward-leaning approach to integrating cutting-edge technologies that result in superior satellite capability to meet next-generation broadcast demand.”