Eutelsat's Atlantic Bird 7 communications satellite, an Astrium Eurostar 3000, was launched into
geostationary transfer orbit on Sep 24 to 7 degrees West, and will replace Atlantic Bird 4A,
in service at that orbital location since early 2009. This was the first launch by the new Sea Launch
company, which is 95 percent owned by RKK Energia. The old Sea Launch, which declared bankruptcy, was a
joint venture led by Boeing involving Yuzhnoe, who build the Zenit-2SB core vehicle, Energia who build
the Blok DM-SL third stage and Kvaerner who built the floating launch platform. There were 30 Sea Launch
missions between 1999 and 2009.
The introduction of Atlantic Bird 7 will mark a second phase in the boosting of broadcasting capacity at 7 degrees West,
where over 450 TV channels are currently available. This orbital location is operated by Eutelsat in close cooperation with the
Egyptian satellite operator Nilesat.
ATLANTIC BIRD 7 will significantly increase the Group’s in-orbit Ku-band resources at this position. This new capacity will be
brought into operation alongside the Nilesat 101, 102 and 201 satellites operated by Nilesat.