ATLANTIC BIRD™ 7
Sea Launch is preparing for the launch of the ATLANTIC BIRD™ 7 communications satellite in September 2011. Built by Astrium, an EADS company, the ATLANTIC BIRD™ 7 satellite will weigh approximately 4,600 kilograms (10,141 lbs.) at launch. Its final geostationary orbit will be located at 7 degrees West Longitude, a key neighbourhood for Eutelsat's digital broadcasting markets in the Middle East and North Africa.
Sea Launch AG has successfully launched the ATLANTIC BIRD™ 7 broadcast satellite from the Equator on the ocean-based Odyssey Launch Platform, marking its first mission for Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) and its awaited return to launch operations following re-organization in late 2010.