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Launch Details

EUTELSAT W4 - Atlas IIIA

The 31-transponder Ku-band 3190 kg (7031 lbm) satellite is based on the Alcatel Space Spacebus 3000B2. Nineteen of the transponders on the satellite will be switched into a high-power fixed beam over Russia. Sixteen of these transponders use the frequencies held by the Russian Federation (the RST-1 / RITM network), and will be used for direct-to-home digital television broadcasting by the Russian media group Media Most. One fixed and one steerable beam, each with six transponders, will be pointed over sub-Saharan Africa. The satellite has a design life of 12.5 years, with an expected end-of-life power of 6.000 kW.