8th Eurostar E3000 communications satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space for Eutelsat.
Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed the final integration and testing of Eutelsat 3B: the satellite has left the Airbus Defence and Space facilities in Toulouse, France, and has been transported by air to Long Beach, California. To be launched in April 2014, it will be encapsulated in the Zenit-3SL fairing before the Sea Launch platform departs for the equatorial launch site in the Pacific Ocean.
Eutelsat 3B is a new tri-band telecommunications satellite based on Airbus DS’s highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform. It will provide video, data, broadband and telecom services across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and parts of South America. The satellite will operate from Eutelsat 3°E location in geostationary orbit.
Eutelsat 3B is the 34th Eurostar E3000 satellite, and the eighth for Eutelsat fleet. 11 other E3000s are currently at various stages of productions, in particular Eutelsat 9B and Eutelsat 36C.
Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.