eBird 1 [Boeing BSS]
e-BIRD provides capacity optimized for Internet protocol access networks with satellite return link capabilities. The spacecraft carries 20 active Ku-band transponders, each powered by 32 Watts traveling wave tube amplifiers. The Ku-band transponders are connected to four spot beams over the European region.
The satellite is designed to provide coverage to Scandinavia, Great Britain and Western and Eastern Europe. e-BIRD joined EUTELSAT's existing fleet of 19 spacecraft.
The spacecraft will operate at 25.5 degrees East longitude, and has a contract life of 10 years. e-BIRD was launched in 2003 aboard an Ariane-5G rocket. It was later renamed EuroBird 3.
In December 2011 Eutelsat announced, that their satellite assets will be renamed under a unified brand name effective from March 2012. This satellite became Eutelsat 33A. In 2014 it was moved to a poistion of 31° East, where it operates from an inclined orbit under the name Eutelsat 31A.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Equipment:||20 active Ku-band transponders|
|Power:||Solar cells (body mounted and drop-skirt), batteries|
|eBird 1 → Eurobird 3 → Eutelsat 33A → Eutelsat 31A||2003-043A||27.09.2003||Ko ELA-3||Ariane-5G||with Insat 3E, SMART 1|
Further Eutelsat missions: