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Eutelsat 5 West B

Eutelsat 5 West B [Orbital ATK]

Eutelsat Communications has selected in October 2016 Airbus Defence and Space and Orbital ATK to build a new satellite for the key 5° West orbital position serving mainly video markets in Europe and North Africa.

Under the terms of the agreement Airbus Defence and Space will build the satellite’s payload while the platform will be manufactured by Orbital ATK. To be launched in 2018, Eutelsat 5 West B will replace the Ku-band capacity of Eutelsat 5 West A (formerly Stellat 5) satellite, a key digital infrastructure addressing predominantly French, Italian and Algerian broadcast markets. Eutelsat 5 West B will provide business continuity and improved quality for these services via a Ku-band payload.

The satellite is built on Orbital ATKs GEOStar-2e bus and carries 35 equivalent 36 MHz Ku-band transponders connected to three service areas. Switchable transponders will also increase commercial flexibility.

Nation: International
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Eutelsat
Contractors: Orbital ATK (bus); Airbus Defence and Space (payload)
Equipment: 35 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: GEOStar-2e
Propulsion: IHI BT-4, 4 × XR-5 Hall Current Thrusters
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: +15 years
Mass: ~3000 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Eutelsat 5 West B - 2018 Ba Proton-M Briz-M (Ph.4) with MEV 1
Further Eutelsat missions: