Feb 232019

Intelsat 907 (BBC Satback) at 27.5 West update

Intelsat has updated their “Estimated End Of Life” expectancy for I907 to Q1 2020.

IIRC the previous was Q4 2019.

Looking at the document, it looks like a few other Intelsat satellites are due to have their life extended by about 4 years with their “Mission Extension Vehicle / MEV”, but I907 is not on that list.

No news at all about any replacements or launch dates yet, but this current satellite will no doubt be replaced, as SATBACK is NOT the only service on there!!!

Intelsat 907 at 27.5 West – BBC SATBACK


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  1. Oct 2019 UPDATE to this story:
    The MEV programme has been delayed, due to issues with the launch of the first MEV deployment.
    Still no notification as to if or when I907 will be MEVed.

    “Eutelsat & MEV satellite launch delayed

    International Launch Services, the commercial arm of the Russian Proton rocket launch system, has delayed the launch of Eutelsat’s latest craft, E-5 West. The delay also represents a delay for Eutelsat’s co-launch passenger, MEV-1.
    The dual payload launch was due for lift-off on September 30th, but is now delayed while a possible electrical issue is resolved.

    The issue is being investigated by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, ILS said in a press release. Khrunichev and ILS will re-establish a new launch date once the issue was resolved.
    Eutelsat’s partner on the Kazakhstan launch is Northrop Grumman’s Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1), a so-called ‘space tug’ which is designed to launch to geostationary orbit and to attach itself to Intelsat’s 901 satellite.
    I-91 was launched in 2001 and is reportedly fully operational but low on fuel. MEV-1 should give the satellite an extra 5 years of lucrative working life. MEV-1 is capable of then detaching itself and moving itself to another rescue mission.”

    There are no rumours that the Intelsat-37e will replace the 907 satellite

  2. More4+1 has gone now

    • Yes – the same for me in the south of France. I’ve got an Icecrypt box, but that company seems to have disappeared, so there’s no support. I can record with it, but only once. I then have to turn it off, then back on, and then I have to re-tune to Intelsat 907, as the box will have tuned to “all satellites”. Is there any way of changing something so that I don’t have to go through all this?

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