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Insurance market could face $192m+ Eutelsat 5 West B satellite loss
28th October 2019 - Author: Steve Evans

Satellite industry observers are discussing the potential for the EUTELSAT 5 West B geostationary satellite to become a total loss, which could cost the insurance market at least $192 million.

https://www.reinsurancene.ws/insuran...atellite-loss/

Named EUTELSAT 5 West B, the vehicle faced a potential malfunction related to a solar array which industry insiders suggest may not have extended fully, or even at all, when the satellite reached initial orbit.
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Eutelsat 7A may now move to 5 west after 7C moves to 7 east if efforts to rectify the problems with E5WestB are not successful.
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Eutelsat said in a statement Thursday that it is investing an apparent solar array anomaly on spacecraft.

“An incident occurred on one of the two solar arrays on the Eutelsat 5 West B satellite, as it approached its orbital test location,” said Marie-Sophie Ecuer, a Eutelsat spokesperson. “An inquiry with Northrop Grumman to investigate the causes of the incident and assess the impact on the performance of the satellite is underway.”

https://spaceflightnow.com/2019/10/2...ons-satellite/

Looks like E5WB has hit something a similar incident happened to Eutelsat W5 suffered in 2008 the loss of one of its solar arrays due to the array's failed drive motor, leading to a switch-off of 4 of the 24 transponders.

We may end up with 3 satellites @ 5 west E5 West A + E5 West B + another satellite.

https://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/eutelsat-w.htm

So all is not lost on the Eutelsat 5 West B satellite as it has a Ku payload of 35 equivalent 36 MHz transponders,

Maybe another satellite can provide support @ 5 west there are a lot of spare empty satellites about :-
https://www.flysat.com/satlist.php

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