Satmex satellites get Eutelsat designations
Gabriel Miramar-Garcia
| 22 May 2014
The former Satmex, now known as Eutelsat Americas, is aligning the names of existing and future satellites to reflect the larger parent Eutelsat's strategy of operating under a single brand.

From now on, each satellite will follow the Eutelsat pattern of a number reflecting its orbital position and a letter indicating its order of arrival at that position. This logic will enable Eutelsat Americas' community of users to identify where a satellite is located in geostationary orbit (a key metric in the satellite sector) and its chronology at the orbital position where it is located.

"With the renaming of our satellites we are now fully aligned with the Eutelsat brand and integrated into a global team with a one company operating philosophy," said Patricio Northland, CEO of Eutelsat Americas. "The Eutelsat name stands for longstanding experience, innovation and technical excellence and we are proud to add our expertise to these features."

Satmex 5 has become EUTELSAT 115 West A; Satmex 6 has become EUTELSAT 113 West A; Satmex 8 has become EUTELSAT 117 West A; Satmex 7 (future satellite) will be EUTELSAT 115 West B; and Satmex 9 (future satellite) will become EUTELSAT 117 West B