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Satellite Name: Eutelsat 5 West B (E5WB)
Status: active
Position: 5° W (5° W)
NORAD: 44624
Cospar number: 2019-067A
Operator: Eutelsat Communications S.A.
Launch date: 9-Oct-2019
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Launch mass (kg): 2864
Dry mass (kg):  
Manufacturer: Northrop Grumman
Model (bus): GEOStar-2
Orbit: GEO
Expected lifetime: 15+ yrs.
Call sign:  
Beacon(s): 12501.0, 12502.0, 11198.8, 11199.8 (LHCP)
35 Ku-band transponders to provide digital infrastructure addressing predominantly French, Italian and Algerian broadcast markets. On October 24, 2019, Eutelsat announced an investigation into a malfunction on one of the two solar arrays on its EUTELSAT 5 West B satellite. Pursuant to this investigation, the loss of the satellite’s South solar array has been confirmed. With the exception of the South solar array, the satellite performance remains nominal. The attendant power loss means ~45% of the capacity of the satellite can be operated.
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