The Airbus manufactured EUTELSAT 9B satellite was successfully launched into geosynchronous transfer orbit on 29th January and will, after further manoeuvres and in-orbit tests, assume broadcasting over 350 TV channels via its 50 physical transponders to serve the Nordic countries through Central Europe to the Ukraine and as far south as Greece.

Eutelsat 9b
Eutelsat 9B

In addition to its primary role EUTELSAT 9B also marks an industry first as the host satellite for the inaugural data relay payload for the European Data Relay System (EDRS).

EDRS-A is the first node of the European Data Relay System (EDRS) for ESA and Airbus Defence and Space and will significantly speed up the flow of information between low-orbit satellites and their ground stations, improving reaction time for a wide range of operations such as disaster monitoring and emergency operations. The EDRS-A payload hosted on EUTELSAT 9B comprises a laser communications terminal and a Ka-band inter-satellite link that will retrieve high volumes of data sent from low orbit satellites, airborne platforms and the International Space Station. The data can then be immediately transmitted from geostationary orbit back to EDRS ground stations.

TRAK Microwave Limited supplied a number of customers with a variety of flight qualified Ku-band waveguide and coaxial products and Ka-Band waveguide isolators and transitions for the EDRS payload. Since its first flight qualified product was delivered over 23 years ago over 150,000 flight models have been supplied including over 11,000 waveguide devices.