Airbus designed and built Eurostar geostationary telecommunications satellites have clocked up 1,000 years of successful service in orbit.
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The millennium milestone for the highly reliable satellite series which have never suffered a failure in orbit, has been achieved by more than 100 Eurostar satellites that have been successfully launched since 1990.
Commenting on the achievement, François Gaullier, Head of Telecom Systems at Airbus, said: “When people talk about milestones in space it’s sometimes hard to grasp their significance – but achieving 1000 years of successful operations is something very special. This proves beyond doubt that the Eurostar satellites are a true benchmark in terms of quality and reliability.
During the last three decades of producing Eurostar satellites we have pioneered and introduced processed and flexible payloads, electric propulsion systems, active antennas, digitalisation and standardisation on the Eurostar series providing our customers with the latest and most efficient technology and systems. As we move forward with the OneSat range we are determined to build on the achievements of the Eurostars and maintain our unrivalled reputation for reliability and service.”