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Hot Bird 8, 9, 10 → Eutelsat Hot Bird 13B, 13C, 13D / Atlantic Bird 4A / Eutelsat 3C

Hot Bird 8 [Astrium]

Eutelsat and EADS ASTRIUM announced in September 2003 the signature of a contract for the construction the Hot Bird 8 broadcast satellite which was launched in early 2006 by Arianespace on-board an Ariane 5 rocket.

With 64 transponders that can be operated simultaneously, of which 58 transponders will operate at full power for most of the satellite's lifetime, Hot Bird 8 is the largest satellite yet ordered by Eutelsat. It will join the company's constellation of HOT BIRD broadcasting satellites at 13 East that provide television, radio and interactive services to almost 100 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Hot Bird 8's mission is to replace existing Hot Bird capacity and to join Hot Bird 7A in bringing in-orbit sparing to a level where 13 East can maintain its reputation as one of the most secure multi-satellite video neighbourhoods. The satellite has been designed to cover all 102 Ku-band transponders/frequencies at 13 East which means that it can substitute any transponder on the other Hot Bird satellites.

EADS Astrium, as prime contractor for Hot Bird 8, designed and built the satellite and supplied both the payload and the platform. The spacecraft will had a launch mass of less than 5 tons, a solar array span of 45 meters once deployed in orbit, and a spacecraft solar array power of almost 14 kW at end of life. It will provide commercial services for a minimum of 15 years.

Hot Bird 8 is based on the Eurostar-3000 version of the Eurostar family.

An identical Hot Bird 9 was contracted in May 2006 for a launch in 2008.

In December 2011 Eutelsat announced, that their satellite assets will be renamed under a unified brand name effective from March 2012. Hot Bird 8 and 9 became Eutelsat Hot Bird 13B and 13C respectively.

The Hot Bird 10, which was ordered in October 2006 is also identical to Hot Bird 8 and Hot Bird 9 with the same mission capacity. It was initially comissioned as Atlantic Bird 4A at 7W. When Atlantic Bird 7 became operational, it was renamed Eutelsat 3C and was colocated with Eutelsat 3A at 3 East. Later it became Eutelsat Hot Bird 13D.

Nation: International
Type / Application: Communication (Direct Broadcasting)
Operator: Eutelsat
Contractors: EADS Astrium
Equipment: 64 active Ku-band transponders
Configuration: Eurostar-3000
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 4875 kg (#8)
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Hot Bird 8 → Eutelsat Hot Bird 13B 2006-032A 04.08.2006 TB LC-200/39 Proton-M Briz-M (Ph.1)
Hot Bird 9 → Eutelsat Hot Bird 13C 2008-065A 20.12.2008 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with Eutelsat W2M
Hot Bird 10 → Atlantic Bird 4A → Eutelsat 3C (Nilesat 104) → Eutelsat Hot Bird 13D 2009-008B 12.02.2009 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with NSS 9, SPIRALE A, SPIRALE B

References:

  • Astrium Website
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