Maybe a first: Eutelsat revives geostationary satellite given up for lost and places it into approved retirement orbit

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat said nearly three months of effort of its engineering teams in collaboration with satellite manufacturer Maxar Technologies has succeeded in re-establishing control of its Eutelsat 113 West A satellite and placing it into the graveyard orbit called for by international guidelines.

The Maxar-built Eutelsat 113 West A was launched in 2006 and was already operating in inclined orbit — a fuel-saving method that means was no longer stable its north-south stationkeeping axis but still could serve certain user applications — when it . . .

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