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Hot Bird 7A → Eurobird 9A → Eutelsat 9A

Hot Bird-7A [Alcatel]

Alcatel Space won in July 2003 a contract for the construction of the Hot Bird 7A communications satellite. The order for this new satellite follows the loss of Hot Bird 7 during launch in December 2002. In addition to the original specifications, Hot Bird 7A's mission has been expanded to provide additional back-up and replacement capacity at Eutelsat's key orbital slot, 13 degrees East. This expanded mission has led to the choice of a larger, more flexible satellite platform than for the original version.

Hot Bird 7A will be based on Alcatel Space's Spacebus-3000B3 platform. Launch is planned for the autumn of 2005, when the new satellite will join Eutelsat's Hot Bird family of satellites co-located at the 13 degree East slot and reaching 100 million houses, and currently broadcasting 676 video channels and 565 audio channels. Equipped with 38 Ku-band transponders of 33 MHz minimum each (end of life), Hot Bird 7A will replace Hot Bird 1. The other 20 transponders will be available for potential back-up and replacement capacity for the Hot Bird 2, 3 and 4 satellites.

Hot Bird 7A will be assembled and integrated in the clean rooms at Alcatel Space's Cannes and Toulouse plants in southern France. It will weigh about 4,000 kg at launch, and its solar panels will provide 10 kW of electrical power. Hot Bird 7A has a design life of 15 years.

Hot Bird 7A was renamed Eurobird 9A in February 2009.

In December 2011 Eutelsat announced, that their satellite assets will be renamed under a unified brand name effective from March 2012. This satellite will become Eutelsat 9A.

Nation: International
Type / Application: Communication (Direct Broadcasting)
Operator: Eutelsat
Contractors: Alcatel Alenia Space (formerly Alcatel Space)
Equipment: 38 Ku Band transponders
Configuration: Spacebus-3000B3
Propulsion: S400
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 4100 kg (1740 kg dry)
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Hot Bird 7A → Eurobird 9A → Eutelsat 9A 2006-007B 11.03.2006 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with SpainSat 1

References:

  • Alcatel Space Website
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