Sea Launch has launched the Eutelsat 70B satellite from the Equator on the ocean-based Launch Platform Odyssey, completing its second mission for Eutelsat and marking the completion of Sea Launch's third and final mission in 2012. The Zenit-3SL rocket carrying the spacecraft lifted off on 3 December from the launch platform, positioned at 154 degrees West longitude in the Pacific Ocean.
The Eutelsat 70B satellite is based on the Astrium Eurostar E-3000 platform with a designed in-orbit lifetime exceeding 15 years. With a 48- Ku-band transponder payload, it will replace the Eutelsat 70A spacecraft and more than double Eutelsat's resources at its 70.5° East longitude location to provide communications services for users in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
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