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Europe now has seven birds.

The successful launch of the third satellite in the EUTELSAT II series last December means that a total of seven EUTELSAT satellites will be available this year when further launches are planned. They are being built by a European industrial consortium headed by Aerospatiale.

The EUTELSAT "bird" became fully operational the second week of January. Its 16 transponders provide full coverage of EUTELSAT's 28 member countries as well as nonmember nations in Central and Eastern Europe, North Africa and parts of the Middle East.

Traffic carried includes telephone, TV and radio for cable and direct-to-home reception, program exchanges, business communications and EUTELTRACS land mobile system. The satellite is seen as having intense use for both the winter and summer Olympics.
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Title Annotation:total of seven EUTELSAT satellites
Publication:Video Age International
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Feb 1, 1992
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