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W2M is a European geostationary communications satellite (owned by Eutelsat) launched by an Ariane 5 rocket at 22:35 UT on 20 December 2008 from Kourou. W2M was built under a collaborative effort between EADS Astrium and Antrix, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization. It has 32 Ku-band transponders for television broadcasting, Internet connectivity and business networking. The craft will replace the W2 satellite launched 10 years ago and reach markets in central and eastern Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East and islands in the Indian Ocean region. W2M will be positioned at 16° E longitude.

Alternate Names

  • 33460
  • EUTE 28B (EUTE W2M)

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2008-12-20
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana

Funding Agency

  • European Telecommunications Satellite Consortium (International)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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