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ILS — Proton-M launches EUTELSAT 5 West B & MEV-1

ILS — Proton-M / EUTELSAT 5 West B & MEV-1 poster.

Oct. 11, 2019

Proton-M carrying EUTELSAT 5 West B & MEV-1 lift off

An International Launch Services (ILS) Proton-M launch vehicle, with a Briz-M upper stage (Breeze M), launched the EUTELSAT 5 West B communications satellite and Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, on 9 October 2019, at 10:17 UTC (16:17 local time). EUTELSAT 5 West B (2864 kg)  is a Ku-band satellite to be located at 5° West.

Proton-M launches EUTELSAT 5 West B & MEV-1

Build by Northrop Grumman, MEV-1 (2326 kg) will provide satellite life-extension service by docking to the client’s vehicles in geosynchronous orbit to provide attitude and orbit control. MEV-1 will extend the life of the Intelsat 901 satellite for five years.

Eutelsat 5 West B

Both spacecraft are built by Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, formerly known as Orbital ATK. Eutelsat 5 West B will join Eutelsat’s communications fleet in geostationary orbit, replacing the Eutelsat 5 West A spacecraft providing digital and television services primarily in the French, Italian and Algerian markets.


The MEV 1 spacecraft is the first in a series of satellite servicing vehicles for SpaceLogistics, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems. MEV 1 will dock with the Intelsat 901 communications satellite and provide propulsion and attitude control functions to extend the spacecraft’s mission.

Related links:

International Launch Services (ILS): http://www.ilslaunch.com/

Eutelsat: https://www.eutelsat.com/en/home.html

Images, Video, Text, Credits: ILS/SciNews/Orbiter.ch Aerospace/Roland Berga.

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