Eutelsat: 5 West B solar-array failure to cut capacity by 55%, but satellite will operate for planned 15 years

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat said its 5 West B satellite, launched in October, has suffered a 55% loss of capacity because of a non-functioning south solar array but will nonetheless operate for the planned 15-year service life.

Built by Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems with a communications payload from Airbus Defence and Space, 5 West B is designed to replace the 5 West A satellite that now provides television for more than 300 TV channels over France, Italy and Algeria.

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