A dual launch for Eutelsat marks an important step forward in the operator’s fleet renewal plan and India’s entry into the international telecom satellite market. The Dec. 20 Ariane 5 launch orbited the 4.9-metric-ton Hot Bird 9, built by EADS Astrium, and the 3.5-ton W2M satellite jointly supplied by Astrium and Antrix, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Launch of both satellites had been delayed several months by capacity constraints triggered largely ...


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