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Eutelsat 117 West B (SATMEX 9)

Eutelsat 117 West B [Eutelsat]

Satelites Mexicanos S.A.B. de C.V. (Satmex) announced in July 2013, that it has contracted with the construction of Satmex 9 to Boeing Satellite Systems as part of a four satellite ABS/SATMEX deal. SATMEX was acquired be Eutelsat in 2014 and was rebranded Eutelsat Americas. In May 2014, it was renamed Eutelsat 117 West B.

Eutelsat 117 West B is a satellite with 48 Ku band 36 MHz equivalent transponders, capable of serving all of Satmex’s Latin American customers in the video, telecommunications and government sectors. It will also carry a Wide-Area Augmentation System (WAAS). The WAAS hosted payload will enable the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to enhance aviation safety. Co-located with Satmex 8 at the 116.8° W orbital position, Eutelsat 117 West B is designed to provide capacity to Satmex’s DTH and telecommunication customers. The satellite was constructed on the BSS-702SP bus - a version that features an all-electric propulsion system.

The satellite is part of a joint order by ABS and SATMEX of four BSS-702SP satellites. The first two satellites, ABS 3A and Satmex 7, are scheduled to be delivered together in late 2014 or early 2015.

Nation: Mexico
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Satelites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V. (Satmex) → Eutelsat Americas
Contractors: Boeing Satellite Systems
Equipment: 48 Ku-band transponders, WAAS payload
Configuration: BSS-702SP
Propulsion: 4 × XIPS-25
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 1963 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Eutelsat 117 West B (ex SATMEX 9) 2016-038B 15.06.2016 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 with ABS 2A
Further Morelos / Solidaridad / SATMEX missions:
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