A new communications satellite was launched on Ariane 5 on the night of 7 to 8 September from the French Guiana launch site, the largest European satellite being the main payload of the mission.
The Eutelsat Konnect VHTS satellite weighs 6.5 tons and its altitude is 8.8 metres, which corresponds to approximately a three-storey house. It is reported that the new satellite provides a capacity of 500 Gbits per second in the Ka range. It is also equipped with the most powerful processor ever placed in orbit. It is needed for flexible capacity allocation.
After launch, the satellite was placed in a sub-synchronous transfer orbit, and this high-alliptic trajectory, which is approaching the Earth by 250 km, is being removed to a distance of 60,000 km with an inclination of 3.5°, and will reach the geostationary orbit, which is about 36,000 km above the Earth, using its own motion modules.
The main purpose of the new satellite is to provide a high-speed Internet in remote regions of Europe, and ESA reports that after reaching geostationary orbit, the satellite will be subjected to further testing before being commercially operational by Eutelsat.