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Aerospatiale → Alcatel Space → Alcatel Alenia Space → Thales Alenia Space: Spacebus-3000/4000 B-Class

Eutelsat W1 (Spacebus 3000B2) [Alcatel]

AMC 9 (Spacebus 3000B3) [Alcatel]

The Spacebus 3000/-4000 B-Class family offers a full range of satellite solutions for fixed, mobile et broadcasting services. It is offered with two kinds of avionic suites, which are called Spacebus 3000 or 4000, depending on whether it is fitted with avionics using a 50-volt or 100-volt power bus.

Based on flight-proven design and technologies, the Spacebus 3000 platform product line has built a strong heritage and flight record, with sixteen Spacebus 3000 platform now operating in orbit and more to be launched. Thanks to its modular concept, the Spacebus 3000 platform can be adapted to the most complex antenna and repeater configurations.

Key Features

  • Three axis stabilized geosynchronous platform, compatible with all current launchers
  • On ground or in orbit delivery, with a 15-year operating lifetime
  • Accommodates payloads of up to 6.5 kW and 500 kg, for a satellite launch mass of up to 4100 kg
  • Fully regulated double power bus architecture
  • Reliable four wheels attitude control system, with advanced FDIR features
  • Four Silicium panel solar array of up to 8.7 kW (15 years End-Of-Life Equinox)
  • Bipropellant propulsion system with flight proven ABM and 10N thrusters

The Spacebus 4000 is a medium-class telecommunications satellite (launch mass from 3000 kg for the B3 version to 5900 kg for the C4 version) with a strong successful flight heritage and proposed with a realistic and safe manufacturing schedule. It can easily accommodate a large range of payloads in every band (Ku, C, Ka, X, S, L) to satisfy customer needs.

Key Features

  • Telecommunications satellite; launch mass from 3000 to 5900 kg; Solar Array power up to 15,8 kW
  • Payload power up to 11,6 kW, typically 80 to 100 active channels with medium RF power (105/110W in Ku band); standard equipment and system designs available in Ku/C and Ka frequency bands; other frequency bands (X, S, L) can be proposed
  • Realistic and safe manufacturing schedule (typically 27 à 33 months on ground delivery); attractive price
  • Accommodation antenna (from 2.4 m to 3.2 × 2.4 m); Flight proven units (payload and platform)
  • Design, manufacturer and test with an experienced teams for system and equipment management
  • Launch capability demonstrated with all available launchers
  • Avionics 4000: 100V bus

Reliability:

Following failures of Spacebus-3000/4000 B-class models have occured:

  • Arabsat-3A: 2001 - short circuit in the solar array drive mechanism - partial loss
Satellite Ordered Date Launcher Weight (kg) Remarks
Launch BOL
Spacebus-3000B2
Atlantic Bird 2 → Eutelsat 8 West A → Eutelsat 12 West B 2000 25.09.2001 Ariane-44P H10-3 3060
Arabsat 3A → Badr 3 1997 26.02.1999 Ariane-44L H10-3 2708
COMSATBw 1 2006 01.10.2009 Ariane-5ECA 2440
COMSATBw 2 2006 21.05.2010 Ariane-5ECA 2500
Eurobird 1 (ex Eutelsat W1R) → Eutelsat 28A → Eutelsat 33C 1999 08.03.2001 Ariane-5G 3050
Eutelsat W2 1995 05.10.1998 Ariane-44L H10-3 2950 1810
Eutelsat W3 → Eutelsat W6 → Eutelsat 21A → Eutelsat 48C 1995 12.04.1999 Atlas-2AS 3183 1810
Eutelsat W4 → Eutelsat 36A → Eutelsat 70C 1997 24.05.2000 Atlas-3A 3190
Eutelsat W5 → Eutelsat 70A → Eutelsat 25C → Eutelsat 33B (ex Eutelsat W1) 2000 () 20.11.2002 Delta-4M+(4,2) 3170
Hispasat 1C → Hispasat 84W-1 1997 03.02.2000 Atlas-2AS 3113
Hispasat 1D → Hispasat 30W-4 2000 18.09.2002 Atlas-2AS 3250
Sirius 2 (GE 1E) → Astra 5A 1995 12.11.1997 Ariane-44L H10-3 2930
Spacebus-3000B3
AMC 9 (ex GE 12?) 2000 06.06.2003 Proton-K Briz-M 4100
AMC 17 (ex GE 3E) 2001 cancelled
Eurasiasat 1 (Türksat 2A) 1997 10.01.2001 Ariane-44P H10-3 3525
Galaxy 17 2004 04.05.2007 Ariane-5ECA 4100
Hot Bird 6 → Eutelsat Hot Bird 13A → Eutelsat 8 West C → Eutelsat 33D → Eutelsat 70D 1999 21.08.2002 Atlas-5(401) 3905
Hot Bird 7A → Eurobird 9A → Eutelsat 9A → Eutelsat Hot Bird 13E 2003 11.03.2006 Ariane-5ECA 4100
Star One C1 (Simon Bolivar F1) 2003 14.11.2007 Ariane-5ECA 4100
Star One C2 (Simon Bolivar F2) 2005 18.04.2008 Ariane-5ECA 4100
Stellat 5 → Atlantic Bird 3 → Eutelsat 5 West A 2000 05.07.2002 Ariane-5G 4100
Stentor 11.12.2002 F Ariane-5ECA 2100 Launch failure
Spacebus-3000B3S see under Spacebus-3000/4000 C-Class
Spacebus-4000B2
Athena-Fidus 2010 06.02.2014 Ariane-5ECA 3080
Bangabandhu 1 2015 2017 Falcon-9 v1.2 3500
Koreasat 5A (Mugungwha 5A) 2014 2017 Falcon-9 v1.2 3500
Koreasat 7 (Mugungwha 7) 2014 2017 Ariane-5ECA 3500
Nilesat 201 2008 04.08.2010 Ariane-5ECA 3200
SICRAL 2 (Syracuse 3C) 2010 26.04.2015 Ariane-5ECA 3000
Telkom 3S 2014 14.02.2017 Ariane-5ECA 3500
Thor 6 2007 29.10.2009 Ariane-5ECA 3050
Türksat 3A 2006 12.06.2008 Ariane-5ECA 3110
Spacebus-4000B3 (formerly Spacebus-3100B3)
AirTV 1 2000 status unclear Ariane-5ECA 3800
AirTV 2 2000 cancelled 3800
AirTV 3 2000 cancelled 3800
AirTV 4 2000 cancelled 3800
Palapa D 2007 31.08.2009 CZ-3B 4100
RASCOM-QAF 1 2003 21.12.2007 Ariane-5GS 3160
RASCOM-QAF 1R 2008 04.08.2010 Ariane-5ECA 3050
Syracuse 3A 2000 13.10.2005 Ariane-5GS 3725
Syracuse 3B 2004 11.08.2006 Ariane-5ECA 3700
Syracuse 3C 2007 Ariane-5ECA 3700
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Source: Alcatel Alenia Space Data sheets