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Eutelsat and Es’hailSat select Arianespace for joint mission

Eutelsat and Es’hailSat, the Qatar-based satellite company, have selected Arianespace to launch their Eutelsat 25B / Es’hail 1 satellite in the second quarter of 2013 on board an Ariane 5 launcher.

Eutelsat and Es’hailSat are undertaking a joint programme to operate a satellite at 25.5° East, serving markets in the Middle East, North Africa and central Asia. The new satellite will offer Ku-band continuity for Eutelsat and Ku-band resources for Es’hailSat. It will also offer Ka-band services.

Eutelsat CEO Michel de Rosen, said: “Together with our partner, Es’hailSat, we are delighted to entrust the launch of our satellite to Arianespace that has delivered Eutelsat with reliability, flexibility and on-time performance over almost 30 years. This mission for 2013 is a new marker in a solid and longstanding relationship, enabling Eutelsat to pursue our objective to renew and expand the resources and quality of service we provide our customers.”