With assistance from ESA´s Atlas extension of the ARTES 3-4 programme, a new generation of advanced functions designed by European industry will be deployed onboard the Eutelsat 8 West B satellite that will be operated by Eutelsat.
Approved at the Council at Ministerial Level in November last year, the Atlas extension supports first flight opportunities on board commercial telecom satellites, giving new and upgraded products developed by European industry a greater commercial chance in a very competitive worldwide satcom market.
With Atlas, the ARTES 3-4 programme now provides consistent additional support to European industry for the last developmental step needed before a commercial sale can be made, by getting the product “off the ground” and into space to obtain its flight heritage. This efficiently increases the success rate of ESA and industry’s development efforts.
The new features that will be flown on Eutelsat 8 West B will raise the bar of performance, flexibility and signal security.
The new functions developed by the satellite's prime contractor, Thales Alenia Space, with the support of ESA and CNES are focused on delivering three key benefits:
“The newly launched ATLAS extension of the ARTES 3-4 programme recognises and addresses the hurdle faced by European industry to obtain flight heritage for innovative products to succeed in an increasingly competitive satcom market,” explains Magali Vaissiere, director of the Telecommunications and Integrated Applications directorate.
Eutelsat 8 West B is due to be launched in 2015.