EUTELSAT 25B (nown as Es'hail 1 by Qatar) will broadcast television and other services over a swath of the Middle East and
North Africa. The spacecraft, built by Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, Calif., is beginning a 15-year mission with Ku-band and
Ka-band transponders. Designed to serve commercial customers and offer secure communications to the government of Qatar, the satellite
will be positioned at 25.5 degrees east longitude for a 15-year mission. It is Qatar's first national satellite, giving Qatar
independent access to television, voice, Internet and corporate communications services, while extending Eutelsat's product offerings
in the region.
An Ariane 5ECA placed two communications satellites in a 238 x 35777 km x 3.5 deg geostationary transfer orbit on Aug 29, 2013.
GSAT-7, also known as Insat-4F, will provide communications for the Indian Navy. Eutelsat-25B, also called Es'hail 1, is jointly
owned by Eutelsat SA of Paris and Es'hailsat. Es'hailsat is a spinoff of ictQATAR, the Qatari Supreme Council of Information and
Communications Technology. The satellite's name means Canopus (the star Alpha Car).
The EPC 570 core stage flew a -969 x 161 km x 6.5 deg trajectory across the Atlantic and reentered; the ESC-A upper stage made
a single burn to the lower inclination transfer orbit. The flight used launch vehicle L570 and the mission was designated VA215.
On Sep 10 GSAT-7 Es'hail was in a 35784 x 35788 km x 0.1 deg orbit on station at 31.7E.