Ariane-5 Works, Eutelsat’s W3B Doesn’t

Posted: October 29, 2010 in Uncategorized
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The 5.4-metric-ton Eutelsat W3B failed in what was described as an anomaly with the satellite’s propulsion subsystem following its successful launch by an Ariane 5.

The W3B was to be located at 16 degree East to replace Eutelsat’s EUROBIRD 16, W2M, and SESAT 1 satellites.

Of course the anomaly is under investigation.

Check out the tremendous video from Arianespace.  The launch team claps at payload separation, which is often the success criteria (meaning their organization  gets paid).

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