For Eutelsat, solar array failure may have outsize effect on this year’s financial forecast

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat said it should know by late November whether the solar-array defect on the Eutelsat 5 West B satellite launched Oct. 9 will result in a total or partial loss.

The company said that the 5 West A satellite, which 5 West B was designed to replace, has enough fuel to remain in three-axis stabilized orbit until December. Eutelsat said multiple options are being considered in the event of the definitive loss of 5 West B, including keeping the 5 West A on station, but . . .

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