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Eutelsat 70B (Eutelsat W5A)

Eutelsat W5A [EADS]

Eutelsat selected EADS Astrium in June 2010 to build the Eutelsat W5A communications satellite. The 5000 kg satellite will feature 48 Ku-band transponders and will be based on the Eurostar-3000 bus.

After launch in late 2010 it will be operating from 70.5 degrees west and will be fitted with four fixed beams covering Europe, Africa, Central Asia and Southeast Asia including Australia. W5A will replace the smaller W5 satellite currently at the 70.5-degree slot.

In December 2011 Eutelsat announced, that their satellite assets will be renamed under a unified brand name effective from March 2012. This satellite will become Eutelsat 70B.

Nation: International
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Eutelsat
Contractors: EADS Astrium
Equipment: 48 active Ku-band transponders
Configuration: Eurostar-3000
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: +15 years
Mass: 5250 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Eutelsat 70B (ex Eutelsat W5A) 2012-069A 03.12.2012 SL Zenit-3SL (2)
Further Eutelsat W missions:
Further Eutelsat missions: