Airbus Defence and Space and Orbital ATK have been selected by Eutelsat to partner to build the company’s latest video satellite, EUTELSAT 5 West B. According to the terms of the contract signed between the three companies, Airbus Defence and Space will lead the team and be co-prime contractor with Orbital ATK for the development and construction of EUTELSAT 5 West B.

Airbus Defence and Space will provide the communications payload operating in Ku-Band and the satellite will be based on Orbital ATK’s GEOStar platform. Scheduled for launch in 2018, EUTELSAT 5 West B will have a launch mass of around three tonnes and 5 kW of power.

It will replace the EUTELSAT 5 West A satellite at 5° West, a key orbital position serving mainly video markets in Europe and North Africa. EUTELSAT 5 West B will provide business continuity at this position via a Ku-Band payload of 35 equivalent 36 MHz transponders, connected to three service areas, with switchable transponders increasing commercial flexibility.