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Eutelsat Konnect VHTS

Eutelsat Orders KONNECT VHTS, A New-Generation Satellite To Deliver High-Speed Broadband Across Europe
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- Contract inked for construction of a VHTS satellite[1] with Thales Alenia Space, a long-standing partner in the space industry
- Orange and Thales secured as anchor distribution partners for very high throughput and government connectivity services
- A major step forward in the Group's growth strategy to deliver high-speed broadband via satellite


Paris, 05 April 2018 – Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris:ETL) announced today the order of a next-generation VHTS satellite system named KONNECT VHTS, to support the development of its European fixed broadband and in-flight connectivity businesses. The satellite, which is due to enter into service in 2021, will be built by Thales Alenia Space which will develop a satellite and ground segment solution that is the most competitive on the market today. With a weight of 6.3 ton and a Ka-band capacity of 500 Gbps, KONNECT VHTS will embark the most powerful on-board digital processor ever put in orbit, offering capacity allocation flexibility, optimal spectrum use, and progressive ground network deployment.

The project will be launched with firm multi-year distribution commitments from Orange and Thales, two key European players and leaders in their businesses. A retail partnership was signed with Orange to address the fixed broadband market in European countries where the Group has a retail presence, and a distribution partnership was inked with Thales to serve notably the government connectivity services market.

Commenting on the contract, Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, said: “We are delighted to sign this agreement with global partners, Orange and Thales, which confirms the place of satellite-based solutions in the drive for enhanced high-speed internet coverage. As a core complement to terrestrial broadband networks, high-speed broadband will be a critical driver of Eutelsat’s growth from 2020 onwards. Over the next decade, VHTS satellites will bring enough capacity to serve high speed internet and in-flight connectivity markets at scale, offering fiber-like services both in terms of price and speed.”

The investment in KONNECT VHTS replaces the project of a joint investment with ViaSat in a ViaSat 3 satellite for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and is covered by Eutelsat’s capex objective of an average of 420 million euros per annum.

Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange, added: “Satellite is one of the technologies that contribute to building tomorrow's inclusive digital society, especially for delivering broadband connectivity in rural areas where it is sometimes challenging to set up traditional broadband networks. With this agreement, we will enhance our portfolio of very high speed internet solutions delivered by satellite, offering all our customers across Europe digital services of premium quality.”

Patrice Caine, Chairman and CEO of Thales, declared: “With this partnership, Thales is supporting France and Europe in their ambitious drive to ensure universal access to high speed broadband across their territories. We are extremely proud to provide to our long-standing partner, Eutelsat, a state-of-the-art satellite designed to serve fixed and mobile connectivity markets as well as supporting our government customers for coverage of connectivity solutions across Europe. Built on our all-electric Spacebus NEO platform, the KONNECT VHTS satellite will be equipped with a flexible and digital VHTS payload embarking the latest innovations bolstered by the significant increase in our R&D investments and the ongoing government support from the CNES, the European Space Agency and the French investment programme “Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir”.

So the ViaSat 3 partnership fell through?  That's interesting.
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Re: Ariane 5 VA2XX - Eutelsat Konnect VHTS - H1 2023
« Reply #1 on: 02/21/2022 06:16 am »
Cross-posts; my bolds:

Ariane 6 launch (Ariane 64):
https://www.arianespace.com/press-release/eutelsat-signs-long-term-multiple-launch-service-agreement-with-arianespace/
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September 10, 2018
Eutelsat signs long-term multiple-launch service agreement with Arianespace
Eutelsat is the first commercial customer to sign up to Ariane 6.

Arianespace and Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) have concluded a long-term multiple-launch service agreement on the occasion of the World Satellite Business Week in Paris.

The agreement covers five launches until 2027 and will provide Eutelsat with assured access to space with schedule flexibility at cost effective prices. With this agreement, Eutelsat is the first commercial customer to sign up to Ariane 6, Arianespace’s next-generation launch vehicle, expected to start service from 2020.

This new long-term commitment builds on the previous contract signed by Eutelsat and Arianespace in February 2013, which was expanded in 2017. Under these earlier agreements, three future Eutelsat satellites, EUTELSAT 7C, EUTELSAT QUANTUM and KONNECT, are already scheduled for launch on Ariane 5.

Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat Communications, said: “We are proud to be the first operator to commit to Ariane 6. This emblematic European programme will further enhance our ability to gain access to space in a timely, competitive and reliable manner. It strengthens our relationship with our long-standing partner, Arianespace, which has already been entrusted with the launch of half of our fleet. Furthermore, it illustrates the key role of Eutelsat in the development of the space sector, while underpinning our commitment to enhancing the efficiency of our satellite programmes.”

Stéphane Israël, CEO of Arianespace added: “We are delighted that Eutelsat has chosen Arianespace to launch five of its upcoming satellites, in addition to the three already in our order book. With this multi-launch agreement, Eutelsat becomes the first commercial customer for Ariane 6. I would like to extend my warm thanks to Eutelsat for their confidence in Arianespace and our Ariane 6 launch vehicle. At the same time, their selection clearly shows Arianespace’s ability to offer our customers long-term partnerships and increasingly flexible solutions.”

Launch in 2022, still on Ariane 64:
https://www.eutelsat.com/sites/eutelsat-internet/home/satellites/future-launches.html#konnect
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Eutelsat has ordered a next-generation VHTS (Very High Throughput Satellite) satellite system named KONNECT VHTS, to support the development of our European fixed broadband and in-flight connectivity businesses. The satellite, due to enter into service in 2022, will be built by Thales Alenia Space, who will develop a satellite and ground segment solution that is the most competitive on the market today.

Switch to one of the last Ariane 5's?
In 2018 a "long-term multiple-launch service agreement" was signed between Eutelsat and Arinespace for 5 launches.
https://www.arianespace.com/press-release/eutelsat-signs-long-term-multiple-launch-service-agreement-with-arianespace/

[On] January [7,] 2021, Arianespace wrote:
https://www.arianespace.com/press-release/arianespace-sustained-its-launch-operations-in-2020-and-gears-up-for-an-even-faster-pace-in-2021/
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Eutelsat, with the launch of its new-generation EUTELSAT-10B satellite on Ariane 5, and confirmation of three options on Ariane 6 defined within the framework of a contract signed in 2018;

So Eutelsat has signed 2 launch contracts with Arianspace in the meantime. Eutelsat-10B is one.
The other may be the undisclosed satellite some time ago. If this is Eutelsat, then it can be Hotbird-13F or Hotbird-13G or Konnect-VHTS.

[dated November 9, 2020]
https://www.arianespace.com/press-release/arianespace-announces-latest-ariane-5-contract-plans-up-to-four-more-launches-by-end-of-year-and-raises-executive-committees-european-profile/
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Arianespace announced today that it has signed a contract for an Ariane 5 launch of a communications satellite into geostationary orbit, for an undisclosed operator. The launch is planned for 2022.

Launch H1 2022:
Eutelsat: Delayed satellite launches.

First Half 2020-21 Results Presentation
https://www.eutelsat.com/files/PDF/investors/2020-21/H1_2020-21_Presentation.pdf
[First attachment is a page from the January 2021 Eutelsat investors' presentation at the link.]

VA257 is the first Ariane 5 launch of 2022 and was delayed to April.  This launch could be no earlier than Q2 2022.
SFN Launch Schedule has been updated (bolds mine):

VA257 has also been delayed:

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April | Ariane 5 • MEASAT 3d & GSAT 24

Launch window: TBD
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA257, to launch the MEASAT 3d and GSAT 24 communications satellites. Built by Airbus Defense and Space for MEASAT, a Malaysian operator, MEASAT 3d is a multi-mission communications satellite outfitted with C-band, Ku-band, and Ka-band payloads for direct-to-home TV broadcasting and internet services over Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. GSAT 24 is a direct-to-home TV broadcasting satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization. [Dec. 14]

Launch in H1 2023; rise from GTO to GEO on electric thrust will take a few months:
https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/22/02/b25681068/eutelsat-communications-first-half-2021-22-results
[dated February 17, includes second attachment]
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FLEET DEPLOYMENT

Nominal deployment programme

Compared to the last quarterly update in October 2021, the entry into service of KONNECT VHTS has been delayed from the first half to the second half of calendar 2023. Furthermore, while still expected within the H1 2023 window, the entry into service of the EUTELSAT 10B satellite has been delayed versus our previous expectations. This reflects the impact of both manufacturing delays and their knock-on effects, including pairing difficulties, related to launch rescheduling, in the context of global Covid crisis.

All other data remains unchanged.
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Re: Ariane 5 VA2XX - Eutelsat Konnect VHTS - H1 2023
« Reply #2 on: 05/06/2022 12:26 pm »
https://twitter.com/Eutelsat_SA/status/1522241581293752321

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Stunning picture showing EUTELSAT KONNECT VHTS’ 3.5-meter-wide reflectors 🛰️ being integrated before the #satellite vibration tests ✨

Great work! @Thales_Alenia_S   @Eutelsat_SA  teams

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Re: Ariane 5 VA2XX - Eutelsat Konnect VHTS - H1 2023
« Reply #3 on: 05/26/2022 12:55 pm »
https://twitter.com/Thales_Alenia_S/status/1526177171701743618

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Another stunning video of EUTELSAT KONNECT VHTS in @Thales_Alenia_S
’ clean rooms of Cannes. @Eutelsat_SA
 's #satellite has successfully undergone vibration tests recently. Next program milestone to come deals with solar panels deployment. Stay to tuned for upcoming updates!
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additionally an older picture from Eutelsat with some information. The height is not included:  8.8 m !
https://twitter.com/Eutelsat_SA/status/1438157738215870466

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Re: Ariane 5 VA2XX - Eutelsat Konnect VHTS - H1 2023
« Reply #4 on: 05/30/2022 06:14 am »
The CNES image site has a library for VA258 and lists Konnect VHTS to be one of the payloads
Launches Seen: Atlas V OA-7, Falcon 9 Starlink 6-4, Falcon 9 CRS-28,

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Re: Ariane 5 VA2XX - Eutelsat Konnect VHTS - H1 2023
« Reply #5 on: 05/30/2022 06:15 pm »
The CNES image site has a library for VA258 and lists Konnect VHTS to be one of the payloads

https://phototheque.cnes.fr/cnes/category/1758

Good find!
Eutelsat Konnect VHTS is on the home stretch in my opinion.
In the Syracuse 4B thread I had already thought about the payloads of VA258.
Now a single launch, or what? The need must be great.

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Re: Ariane 5 VA258 - Eutelsat Konnect VHTS - September 2022
« Reply #6 on: 06/04/2022 09:32 am »
https://twitter.com/jlvuillemin/status/1532748436725981184

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@orange SAT teams
  were able to admire a monster: the new VHTS Konnect from @Eutelsat_SA
  the biggest European satellite ever built by @Thales_Alenia_S
  and in which we have heavily invested: 8.8 m high, 6500 kg and 40 m wide with solar panels.
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https://twitter.com/jlvuillemin/status/1532750545634598915

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it will enter the test phase then will be transported to Kourou by boat in early July, launched by an Ariane 5 in September and will be operational in August 2023
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https://twitter.com/jlvuillemin/status/1532754742107152387

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VHTS Konnect will complement the very high speed coverage of @orange
  for the benefit of all our customers wherever they are in France, Europe, North Africa and certain Middle Eastern countries.
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https://twitter.com/jlvuillemin/status/1532772725277839361

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it will be launched by an Ariane V (flight VA258) like this one, which I photographed on its launch pad at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou during the launch of the intelsat EPIC 33e
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Re: Ariane 5 VA258 - Eutelsat Konnect VHTS - September 2022
« Reply #7 on: 06/04/2022 01:32 pm »
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It will enter the test phase then will be transported to Kourou by boat in early July, launched by an Ariane 5 in September and will be operational in August 2023.

11 months from launch to operational on post in GEO--all-electric propulsion.
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Re: Ariane 5 VA258 - Eutelsat Konnect VHTS - September 2022
« Reply #8 on: 06/07/2022 05:14 pm »
Launches Seen: Atlas V OA-7, Falcon 9 Starlink 6-4, Falcon 9 CRS-28,

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Re: Ariane 5 VA258 - Eutelsat Konnect VHTS - 6 September 2022
« Reply #9 on: 06/23/2022 02:00 am »
During the VA257 launch webcast:
Israel: VA258 launches on September 6.

So after this tweet:
https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/1539741200797794305
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And mark your calendar: we’ll be back early September 6 for next Ariane 5 mission: onboard, EUTELSAT KONNECT VHTS, a satellite built by Thales_Alenia_S for Eutelsat_SA! VA258.
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Re: Ariane 5 VA258 - Eutelsat Konnect VHTS - 6 September 2022
« Reply #10 on: 06/29/2022 08:01 pm »
Cross-post:
Ovzon-3 left behind, summarized at Spacenews:
Ovzon needs to piggyback another Ariane 5 ride for late 2022 launch [June 28]

Confirmation of the old manifest for VA258:
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Arianespace had been preparing to launch the Swedish broadband service provider’s Ovzon-3 satellite with Eutelsat’s Konnect VHTS satellite.
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Re: Ariane 5 VA258 - Eutelsat Konnect VHTS - 6 September 2022
« Reply #11 on: 07/21/2022 05:59 pm »
https://twitter.com/Eutelsat_SA/status/1550034197804449792

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#EUTELSAT #KONNECTVHTS built by @Thales_Alenia_S
 now on its way to Kourou.

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Re: Ariane 5 VA258 - Eutelsat Konnect VHTS - 6 September 2022
« Reply #12 on: 07/22/2022 04:51 pm »
A bit delayed. Eutelsat Konnect VHTS packing photos on Eutelsat_SA's Flickr via the Flickr App


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Re: Ariane 5 VA258 - Eutelsat Konnect VHTS - 6 September 2022
« Reply #13 on: 07/26/2022 08:56 pm »
https://twitter.com/Thales_Alenia_S/status/1551912320040898565

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Thales Alenia Space
@Thales_Alenia_S
The most powerful European telecommunications satellite ever built, EUTELSAT KONNECT VHTS, left Cannes’ clean rooms on July 18. @Eutelsat_SA
' s satellite left La Fos sur Mer seaport 2 days after & is now heading up to French Guyana.  Launch scheduled on September 6. @Arianespace

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Re: Ariane 5 VA258 - Eutelsat Konnect VHTS - 6 September 2022
« Reply #14 on: 08/03/2022 10:37 am »
Start of the launch campaign for the next @Ariane5 flight, #VA258, at @EuropeSpacePort.

✅ Main stage and booster assembly
✅ Upper stage mounted to the launcher

Launch date still to be announced.

https://twitter.com/esa/status/1554777914440392706

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Re: Ariane 5 VA258 - Eutelsat Konnect VHTS - 6 September 2022
« Reply #15 on: 08/03/2022 03:17 pm »
Welcome to @Eutelsat_SA #Konnect #VHTS! The satellite manufactured by @Thales_Alenia_S arrived yesterday at the
@EuropeSpacePort with the #MaritimeNantaise #Colibri.

https://twitter.com/thivallee/status/1554784173147267076

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Re: Ariane 5 VA258 - Eutelsat Konnect VHTS - 6 September 2022
« Reply #17 on: 08/19/2022 12:16 am »
https://mobile.twitter.com/EuropeSpacePort/status/1560242184221229056
Quote from: Europe Space Port tweet, Google translate
The preparation campaign for the launcher's 258th flight continues at CSG with the arrival in Kourou, the first tests in the clean room, then the propellant filling of the #Eutelsat Konnect VHTS telecommunications satellite.🛰 [Aug 18]
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Re: Ariane 5 VA258 - Eutelsat Konnect VHTS - 6 September 2022
« Reply #18 on: 08/21/2022 01:01 am »
Oh, Hi there Ariane 5 VA258 upper stage :)

And if you zoom in, for those who like the details, ESC-D FM 80

https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/1561043802877562881

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