Eutelsat 8 West B satellite reaches orbit

Friday 21 August 2015 | 10:14 CET | News
Eutelsat Communications announced that its Eutelsat 8 West B satellite was successfully launched into orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket on 20 August. Partial deployment of the solar panels of the 5.8 tonne satellite was completed within four hours of separation. This manoeuvre will be followed in the coming five days by three firings of the satellite's apogee motor to complete the climb to geostationary orbit, as well as full deployment of the solar panels and the antennas. After a full series of performance tests Eutelsat 8 West B will transfer to 7/8° West where it will enter full commercial

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Countries: Africa / Middle East / South America
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