Previous name: Eutelsat W5A, renamed in March 2012.
39020 / 12069A
03 Dec 2012 - 20:44 UT
Perigee / Apogee
35780 x 35800 km
Mass at launch
48 active Ku-band transponders
2 deployable solar arrays
15 yrs - still active
31 May 2013
In December 2011 Eutelsat announced, that their satellite assets will be renamed
under a unified brand name effective from March 2012. This satellite will become Eutelsat 70B.
EUTELSAT 70B is designed to optimise resources from the 70.5° East orbital slot. With high frequency reuse, four powerful
regional beams connected to 48 Ku-band transponders are located on a single platform, more than doubling current capacity at
70.5° East for data and government services, broadband access, GSM backhauling and professional video exchanges. The satellite
will replace the EUTELSAT 70A satellite which will subsequently be redeployed to another location for continued commercial
Eutelsat's Eutelsat 70B satellite was launched on Dec 3, 2012. The satellite, to be stationed at 70.5 deg East,
uses their new, crazy and annoying, naming scheme which means its name will change every time they relocate it.
Launch was by a Sea Launch Zenit-3SL from the Odyssey platform in the Pacific. By Dec 10, Eutelsat 70B was in a 35633 x 35743 km x 0.0 deg GEO drift orbit passing eastward over 48E.