Eutelsat is a giant - its satellites are used for broadcasting 5,800 television stations to over 250 million homes - but it can't do without Russia
MOSCOW, October 29, (Sputnik) - A subsidiary of Russia’s Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center signed a contract with Eutelsat, the French-based satellite provider, to put the companies satellites into orbit during the period of 2016-2023, Russia's space agency Roscosmos said in a statement Thursday.
"In the period of 2016-2023, several Proton-M carrier rocket launches with Eutelsat satellites from the Baikonur space center will be carried out," the statement reads.
From the Russian side, the contract was signed by Khrunichev's subsidiary the International Launch Services (ILS) company.
The first launch under the contract will put a Eutelsat 9B satellite, designed to provide digital television and data services in Scandinavia and the Baltic countries, into orbit.
According to the Khrunichev Center, over the past 15 years Russian Protons launched 11 Eutelsat satellites.