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Bad weather delays EUTELSAT 9B launch

Less than a week after it announced it was all systems go, Eutelsat has revealed that the launch of the Proton launch vehicle with the EUTELSAT 9B satellite has been delayed.
The leading satellite operator has attributed the delay to weather-related logistical issues.
The launch was originally scheduled for January 28, and is now rescheduled for Saturday, January 30 at 04:20 local time in Baikonour (January 29 – 22.20 GMT, 23.20 CET).
Despite the delay, Eutelsat has confirmed that launch vehicle processing continues without any technical issues and the satellite remains in a safe configuration at the launch site.
When launched, the five-tonne Ku-band EUTELSAT 9B will occupy the 9° East neighbourhood and is attributed with being able to increase Eutelsat capacity to 50 physical transponders. It will address broadcast markets through one pan-European footprint delivering coverage for four regional footprints serving Germany, Greece, Italy and the Nordics, with the Baltics and Ukraine.
The Airbus Defence and Space-built satellite will be the first of three Eutelsat craft to launch in 2016, followed into space by EUTELSAT 65 West A and EUTELSAT 117 West B. It will replace EUTELSAT 9A that currently serves over 350 channels, of which 100 are in high definition, broadcasting to cable, DTH and DTT homes across Europe and serving clients that include M7 for the KabelKiosk and AustriaSat Magyarország platforms as well as OTE, AFN, Arqiva, Globecast, Media Broadcast and RR Media.