Eutelsat 5 West A at 5° East
|Manufacturer:||Thales Alenia Space|
|Launch vehicle:||Ariane 5G|
|Expected lifetime:||15 Years|
Eutelsat 5 West A is a high-powered spacecraft, providing an exceptional range of connectivity combinations with its mix of Ku and C-band frequencies. The aging satellite is co-located with Eutelsat 5 West B and is operated as reserving capacity.
The satellite was constructed by Alcatel Space (Thales Alenia Space) and delivers two-way broadband internet access, broadcast services and corporate networks to large audiences. It also plays a key role in the network infrastructure being deployed across Europe and the Mediterranean Basin for the digital switchover, distributing digital terrestrial television (DTT) signals to head-end transmitters.
Eutelsat 5 West A features a Euro-Mediterranean super-beam coverage, a unique pan-Atlantic wide-beam coverage encompassing the Americas, Africa and Europe, and a steerable antenna that can be pointed over any one of these regions, including the Middle-East. It also offers C-band capacity for the pan-African market and Caribbean area.
Eutelsat 5 West A was launched on July 2nd, 2002 on an Ariane 5G rocket operated by launch operator Arianepace from the Kourou Space Port in French Guiana.