Eutelsat W3B, We Hardly Knew Ya

Posted: November 1, 2010 in Uncategorized
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W3B In Its Better Days

Like a Bugatti Veyron in the hands of a 16-year old boy, Eutelsat W3B has been totaled.

From Eutelsat W3B Declared Total Loss; Plans Under Way To Deorbit Craft:

Starting Nov. 1, the 5,370-kilogram W3B will be guided toward an atmospheric re-entry, probably above the South Pacific Ocean, industry officials said. The procedure will likely force Eutelsat and Thales Alenia Space to work with regional maritime authorities to clear a corridor in the South Pacific for any W3B debris that might survive atmospheric re-entry.

The satellite’s fuel leak was its demise and kept the Eutelsat team from trying to super sync the spacecraft.

W3B is based on the Thales Spacebus 4000 C3 satellite platform. It weighed more than 11,800 pounds at liftoff and had a design life of 15 years.

If it’s true that only the good die young, Eutelsat W3B must have been really good.  Kinda like USA 193.

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