The European satellite communications organisation Eutelsat has awarded Boeing Satellite Systems (BSS) a contract to supply an e-Bird satellite to be launched next year. It is the first Eutelsat contract to be awarded to a US supplier (Flight International, 6-12 February).

E-Bird will be the 57th BSS-379 spin-stabilised spacecraft supplied by the former Hughes Space and Communications company. The 20 Ku-band satellite, to be located at 25.5°E, will be optimised for internet protocol access networks.

Source: Flight International