EUTELSAT 9B is a geostationary satellite designed to broadcast hundreds of television channels across Europe and better link European surveillance satellites
and the International Space Station to scientists on the ground. The Eutelsat 9B communications satellite carries conventional Ku-band transponders primed to beam
television signals to homes and businesses from the United Kingdom to the Middle East. A high-tech laser communications terminal is also fastened to the satellite,
which will become the first node of the European Space Agency's new data relay service to connect spacecraft in low Earth orbit with users at unprecedented speeds.
The satellite is located at 9 degrees east longitude. The Eutelsat 9B satellite, based on Airbus Defense and Space's Eurostar E3000 spacecraft bus, is designed for a
Satellite launched by ILS for Eutelsat to replace Eutelsat 9A. Also carried a hosted payload, the Airbus/ESA EDRS-A (European Data Relay System) with a
laser system for communication with other satellites and Ka-band links to both satellites and the ground. The satellite is located over 2°E for test and will be
located at 9°E for servoce to Europe North Africa and the Middle East.
International Launch Services and Khrunichev flew a Proton from Baykonur on Jan 29, 2016 placing the Eutelsat 9B satellite in geotransfer. The European
communications operator Eutelsat will use the satellite's 66 Ku-band transponders to increase performance at the 9 degrees East location. The satellite also carries a
European Space Agency laser communications package, EDRS-A, as part of the European Data Relay System. EDRS will relay data from low-orbiting satellites, converting
an optical communications signal from the satellite to a Ka-band radio downlink.