Press Release

Full Service Restored on Eutelsat’s W3A Satellite

By SpaceRef Editor
October 10, 2006
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Eutelsat confirms that operations of its W3A satellite have been fully restored with normal operational mode following an anomaly occurring earlier today which caused an interruption of service. From 17.45 today Paris time (15.45 UTC) clients using W3A were able to reestablish full commercial service.

According to preliminary analysis gathered since the incident occurred, the interruption of service on W3A has no impact on the performance of the satellite, whose 44 transponders (42 Ku-band, 2 Ka-band) are all in perfect working order. A full investigation is being conducted by Eutelsat in collaboration with W3A’s manufacturer, EADS Astrium, in order to determine the specific reason for the anomaly.

Located at 7 degrees East, Eutelsat’s W3A satellite was launched in March 2004. The satellite carries telecommunications, data and broadcast services in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

SpaceRef staff editor.