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October 28th, 2019

Solar Array Incident on the EUTELSAT-5 West-B Satellite

Artistic rendition of the Eutelsat-5 West-B satellite.

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) has stated the company is currently investigating an incident on one of the two solar arrays on the firm's EUTELSAT 5 West B satellite.

Eutelsat is working to assess the potential impact on the performance of the satellite and will communicate on it as quickly as possible.


  • Revenues generated in FY 2018-19 by EUTELSAT 5 WEST A, which EUTELSAT 5 WEST B is due to replace, amounted to circa €30 million
  • EUTELSAT 5 West B is fully insured against the eventuality of loss by a launch-plus-one-year insurance