EUTELSAT 5 West B Delivered To Baikonur Cosmodrome For Pre-Launch Prep

Eutelsat Communications announced the safe arrival of EUTELSAT 5 West B at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where it is due for launch on a Proton Breeze M rocket on September 30, overseen by International Launch Services.

Built by Airbus Defence and Space and Northrop Grumman, EUTELSAT 5 West B will serve video markets in Europe and North Africa from the key 5° West orbital position where it will replace the EUTELSAT 5 West A satellite, providing business continuity and improved service quality via a Ku-band payload of 35 equivalent 36 MHz transponders.

As part of a long-term agreement signed in 2017 with the European GNSS Agency (GSA), EUTELSAT 5 West B will also host the GEO-3 payload of theEuropean Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS), used to improve the performance of global navigation satellite systems such as GPS and Galileo.

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