EUTELSAT 5 West B is located at 5° West, a key digital infrastructure addressing predominantly French, Italian and Algerian broadcast markets.
The satellite is co-located with EUTELSAT 5 West A, ensuring service continuity for over 300 TV channels broadcast at the 5° West position. It provides business continuity for services via a Ku-band payload with switchable transponders to increase commercial flexibility.
EUTELSAT 5 West B also hosts the GEO-3 payload of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS). The EGNOS’ GEO-3 payload is designed to improve the performance of global navigation satellite systems in Europe.
Airbus Defence and Space and Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS) were selected to build the new satellite. Airbus Defence and Space has built the satellite’s payload while the platform was manufactured by NGIS.
EUTELSAT 5 West A remains operational in orbit at 5° West to carry out other missions.