Eutelsat Launches EUTELSAT 36D Satellite with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket

Eutelsat Group has announced the launch and positioning of its latest satellite, EUTELSAT 36D. The satellite was deployed into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GEO) on March 30, 2024, at 5:52 p.m. ET, courtesy of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The launch took place from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.
EUTELSAT 36D SATELLITE launchBuilt upon the Airbus Eurostar Neo platform, EUTELSAT 36D is slated to take over from its predecessor, EUTELSAT 36B, at the 36° East orbital position. It will work in conjunction with EUTELSAT 36C.

Equipped with 70 physical Ku-band transponders, the satellite aims to ensure seamless service continuity while enhancing performance for customers in Video across its coverage area. Additionally, the satellite boasts increased flexibility and coverage options, facilitating the efficient distribution of workload across its various missions.

In response to the launch of the satellite, Eva Berneke, CEO of Eutelsat, expressed her anticipation for EUTELSAT 36D’s operational debut in the latter half of calendar 2024.

Eutelsat did not reveal investment in satellite business.

Eva Berneke also highlighted the milestone as an opportunity to strengthen the enduring partnership between Eutelsat Group and Airbus. She extended her congratulations to the teams at Eutelsat Group, Airbus, and SpaceX for the successful completion of another satellite program.