Airbus Defence and Space will build the satellite’s payload while the platform will be manufactured by Orbital ATK, Eutelsat announced.
Eutelsat 5 West B is due to launch in 2018, is destined for the 5° West orbital position, and will replace the Eutelsat 5 West A satellite.
The new satellite is designed to provide business continuity and improved quality for the predominantly French, Italian and Algerian broadcast markets that are currently served by Eutelsat 5 West A satellite.
Eutelsat 5 West B will have a Ku-band payload of 35 equivalent 36 MHz transponders connected to three service areas, as well as switchable transponders to increase commercial flexibility.
“Eutelsat 5 West A’s C-band mission, serving mainly data customers in Sub-Saharan Africa, will be discontinued,” said Eutelsat. “Service continuity will be provided by similar C-band capacity available on other Eutelsat resources, thereby optimising capacity utilisation rate across the group’s fleet.”