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Eurobird 1 → Eutelsat 28A → Eutelsat 33C

Eurobird 1 [Alcatel]

The Eurobird 1 satellite, built for the operator Eutelsat, provides broadcasting and telecommunication services primarily to the Western and Central European region from an orbital position of 28.5 E. Launched in the first quarter of 2001, the satellite is designed for 24-channel operation over its minimum lifetime of 12 years. The satellite provides continuity for the telecommunication services currently provided by the DFS-Kopernikus satellite, including business services, satellite news gathering and television and radio programme distribution. In addition, the high transmit power of the Eurobird satellite makes it ideal for providing broadcast programmes and multimedia services into very small and inexpensive satellite dishes. As well as a fixed beam, the satellite has two steerable beams which offer the possibility for service provision at either a national or a regional level.

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 28A. In July 2015, it was renamed Eutelsat 33C and redeployed at 33 East, where it will be co-located with Eutelsat 33B.

Nation: International
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Eutelsat
Contractors: Alcatel Space
Equipment: 24 (+ 6) Ku-band transponders
Configuration: Spacebus-3000B2
Propulsion: S400
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 12 years
Mass: 3050 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Eurobird 1 (Europesat 1) (ex Eutelsat W1R) → Eutelsat 28A → Eutelsat 33C 2001-011A 08.03.2001 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5G with BSat 2a
Further Eutelsat Eurobird missions:
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