Airbus Defense & Space has been selected by one of the world’s leading satellite operators, Eutelsat, to build the company’s latest video satellite, EUTELSAT 5 West B.
According to the terms of the contract signed between the three companies, Airbus Defense and Space will lead the team and be co-prime contractor with Orbital ATK for the development and construction of EUTELSAT 5 West B. Airbus Defense and Space will provide the communications payload operating in Ku-band. The satellite will be based on Orbital ATK’s GEOStar platform.
Scheduled for launch in 2018, EUTELSAT 5 West B will have a launch mass of around three tons and 5 kW of power.
EUTELSAT 5 West B will replace the EUTELSAT 5 West A satellite at 5° West, a key orbital position serving mainly video markets in Europe and North Africa. EUTELSAT 5 West B will provide business continuity at this position via a Ku-band payload of 35 equivalent 36MHz transponders, connected to three service areas, with switchable transponders increasing commercial flexibility.