Eutelsat 115 West B
Eutelsat 115 West B (previously SATMEX 7) is a communications satellite that is operated by Eutelsat, providing video, data, government, and mobile services for the Americas. The satellite was designed and manufactured by Boeing Space Systems, and is a Boeing 702SP model communication satellite. It is located at 115 degrees west longitude. It was launched on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on 2 March 2015 (UTC time).
|Names||SATMEX 7 (2012-2014)|
Eutelsat 115 West B (2014—)
|Mission duration||15 years (planned)|
|Launch mass||4,861 pounds (2,205 kg)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||March 2, 2015, 03:50 UTC|
|Rocket||Falcon 9 v1.1|
|Launch site||Cape Canaveral SLC-40|
|Entered service||October 15, 2015|
|Perigee altitude||35,793 kilometres (22,241 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||35,795 kilometres (22,242 mi)|
|Epoch||19 March 2015, 01:45:59 UTC|
|Band||34 Ku band, 12 C band|
The satellite is solely propelled by electrically powered spacecraft propulsion, with the onboard thrusters used for both geostationary orbit insertion and station keeping.
The satellite had a launch mass of 4,861 pounds (2,205 kg). It is notable for being the first commercial communications satellite in orbit to use electric propulsion, providing a significant weight savings. Eutelsat 115 West B was launched with another Boeing 702SP satellite, ABS-3A, on the same rocket.
Eutelsat 115 West B is planned to be the first in a family of four satellites in the Eutelsat constellation. The satellite was scheduled for entry into service in November 2015, but entered service a month earlier than expected, in October 2015.