Eutelsat 5 West B @ 5° West


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MEV-1 (Mission Extension Vehicle-1 when launched with Eutelsat 5 West B end of May 2019 will go to Intelsat 901 (incl. 0.7°)29.5°W

The launch of the first MEV is slated for 2019 as a co-passenger on a Proton-M Briz-M (Ph.4) rocket with in-orbit testing and demonstration to be performed with the Intelsat-901 satellite in inclined orbit. This testing is scheduled for completion by late 2019. MEV-1 will then relocate the satellite scheduled for the mission extension service, which is planned for a five-year period after which Intelsat 901 will be place back into inclined orbit.

Intelsat will also have the option to service multiple satellites using the same MEV.

Current info in the link is out of date so I have updated to what is now known about the delayed launch of Eutelsat 5 West B & MEV-1,

MEV 2 will share the upper berth of an Ariane-5ECA rocket with Galaxy 30, while a third yet unnamed payload flies in the lower berth.
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Launch update:-
Eutelsat 5 West B 5° West 20 September 2019 Proton-M/Briz-M Baikonur 200/39
Ku (payload of 35 equivalent 36 MHz transponders)
C band will probably be transferred to 8 west as 5 west B has none,

And Prob explains the drop off of the existing C-Band channels from 5WA, ORTB etc already has new 8W C-Band freq, harder to catch with smaller dishes. Looking at recent channel moves/new back up freq's - most 5 West C-Band transmissions seem to be moving to 8W & 22W


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Will be working on small dish I have 1.25 meter dish from germany but no one have signal in Germany c-band.or does it mean in Germany can't have c band signal? I have with motor from 52east to 34w how will work smal dish ?


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Launch of Proton-M at Baikonur delayed over technical reasons
by Staff Writers
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (SPX) Sep 25, 2019

The launch of Russian Proton-M carrier rocket with commercial satellites from the Baikonur cosmodrome has been delayed for conducting extra tests of its Breeze-M upper stage, State Space Corporation Roscosmos said on Tuesday.

"Revision is necessary, as well as conducting additional tests of the control system of the upper stage," Roscosmos said, specifying that the new date of the launch would be announced later.

The launch of Proton-M carrier rocket with European Eutelsat 5 West B telecommunications satellite and US Mission Extension Vehicle-1 was due to take place on September 30.

The Proton-M is the largest carrier rocket in Russia's fleet of space launch vehicles. The rocket has lifted dozens of Russian-made and foreign satellites into orbit since it was first commissioned in 2001.

Source: Sputnik News

Eutelsat 5 West B
An International Launch Services (ILS) Proton-M rocket will launch the Eutelsat 5 West B mission on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 10:17 AM (UTC).

International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch Date:
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Launch Time:
12:17 PM (UTC+2)
Launch Time (Pad)
03:17 PM (UTC+5)

Location: LC-200/39
Baikonur Cosmodrome


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Launch is scheduled 06:17 EDT on October 9th; 09:17 BST 10:17 GMT on October 9th.

Broadcast begins at 06:00 EDT on October 9th; 10:00 GMT 9:0 BST on October 9th.


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The two spacecraft, making up the Integrated Payload Stack, weighed 5,190 kg at liftoff, and were separated 15 hours, 36 minutes (EUTELSAT 5 WestB and 15 hours, 54 minutes (MEV-1) after liftoff. Operators at the Northrop Grumman operations centre in Dulles, Virginia acquired the spacecraft’s first telemetry from orbit shortly after separation.
EUTELSAT 5 West B is a Ku-band satellite that will be located at 5° West, a key video neighbourhood addressing predominantly French, Italian and Algerian broadcast markets. The new satellite will provide business continuity and improved quality for these markets via a Ku band payload of 35 equivalent 36 MHz transponders connected to three service areas. Switchable transponders will also increase commercial flexibility.
MEV-1 will deliver a groundbreaking on-orbit servicing satellite life-extension through Northrop Grumman’s wholly-owned subsidiary SpaceLogistics LLC. MEV-1 will dock to client vehicles in geosynchronous orbit to provide attitude and orbit control of the combined vehicle stack. MEV-1 has the ability to dock and undock several times during its 15 year design life, allowing it to service multiple customers. SpaceLogistics LLC’s initial service, using MEV-1, will extend the life of the Intelsat 901 satellite for five years.


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Problems with deployment of one solar panel

Eutelsat statement:-

Paris, 24 October 2019 - Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) is currently investigating an incident on one of the two solar arrays on its EUTELSAT 5 West B satellite.

Eutelsat is working to assess the potential impact on the performance of the satellite and will communicate on it as quickly as possible.