Eutelsat: All-electric 172B satellite for Panasonic Avionics sets GEO-arrival record

by Peter B. de Selding

TOKYO — Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat on Oct. 11 said its Eutelsat 172B all-electric-propulsion satellite, carrying a high-throughput spot-beam Ku-band payload over Asia for in-flight-connectivity provider Panasonic Avionics, had reached its geostationary-orbit position in record time.

Built by Airbus Defense and Space, the 3,550-kilogram 172B was launched on June 2 in the lower berth of a European Ariane 5 rocket. After initial checkout in its transfer orbit, the firing of its electric-thrusters began on Oct. 8.

The four-month . . .

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