Eutelsat Group has announced the cessation of operations on its Eutelsat 113 West A satellite, following an anomaly that occurred on January 31. Launched in 2006 and operating in inclined orbit at the 113° West position, the satellite provided coverage of the Americas in C- and Ku-bands, catering to customers in video, data, and Government services across 18 operational transponders.
In response to the anomaly, mitigation actions are currently underway to minimise disruption to impacted customers. This includes accelerating the transfer to alternative capacity on Eutelsat’s satellites located at the 115° and 117° West positions.
Eutelsat is actively deploying efforts to mitigate potential adverse consequences on orbital safety and reaffirms its commitment to maintaining a safe and sustainable space environment.
As the satellite approaches its end-of-life, it is no longer covered by the In Orbit Insurance policy. Prior to mitigation efforts, the estimated impact on revenues due to the non-availability of the satellite is approximately €3m in FY24 and €5-6m annually for the period FY25-28. However, this development does not alter Eutelsat’s financial objectives for FY 2024.