Eutelsat suffers W2 problems
Thursday, 28 January 2010

Eutelsat W2 is causing headaches.

A simple statement from Eutelsat says: “A technical anomaly occurred in the evening of January 27 on the W2 satellite located at 16° East. This incident is under full investigation by Eutelsat in collaboration with the satellite's manufacturer, Thales Alenia Space. Immediate actions have been taken in parallel in order to propose alternative capacity to all customers affected by the anomaly, and services are progressively being restored.”

It seems the anomaly ended up with the craft automatically placing itself into 'safe mode', pointing at the sun in order to provide plenty of power into the craft. In this position the satellite is in full communications mode with the on-ground technicians, but cannot provide its DTH signals to the Earth. Reportedly W2M (at 3 deg East) is being moved to 16 deg East to provide some back-up capacity in the event of a longer-term problem with W2.

W2 was launched in October 1998, and serves Europe, the Middle East and Africa from 16 deg East, which has been developed over the years into one of Eutelsat’s most important orbital positions, and particular serving Central and Eastern Europe (including Total TV, DigitAlb and ITV Partner platforms).

(Source: Rapid TV News)