As usual, the rocket blasted-off from the company's Odyssey Launch Platform, currently situated off the coast of Souther California at 154 degrees west longitude. The platform left the port of Los Angeles yesterday.
Sea Launch is a consortium of companies from Norway, Russia, Ukraine and the United States. Managed by Boeing, the company launches communications satellites for a number of entities, including EchoStar, DirecTV, XM Satellite Radio, PanAmSat and Thuraya.
The new satellite will help Eutelsat provide coverage for customers across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and Brazil.
"I am very pleased to once again announce the successful launch for our valued Eutelsat customer, our third in a row for them," said Sergey Gugkaev, CEO of Sea Launch.
"The satellite will enable Eutelsat to diversify its commercial response to Internet Service Providers, telcos, government agencies and broadcasters operating in Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia," the company said in a press release.
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