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Hotbird 6 → Hotbird 13A → Eutelsat 8 West C → Eutelsat 33D → Eutelsat 70D

Hotbird 6 [Alcatel]

The Hotbird 6 satellite will provide a total of 32 active transponders. 28 of these will operate in the Ku-band. The remaining 4 transponders will operate in the Ka-band. The 28 Ku-band transponders are connected to a high-power Super-Widebeam coverage to facilitate the provision of television broadcast and multimedia services over the entire European continent, North Africa and the Middle East. The in-orbit redundancy of the Hot Bird satellite system will be enhanced through the provision of back-up capacity on Hot Bird 6 for all of the Hotbird 5 channels and for a set of Hotbird 4 channels. The satellite will also provide additional Ku-band capacity to be leased at 13 degrees East. Additionally, services that are currently broadcast by Hotbird 5 can be upgraded to take advantage of the Hotbird 6 satellite's very wide coverage area. The satellite's advanced Ka-band payload design will enable the organization to address several additional markets from high-end Internet users, small- and medium-sized businesses, and SOHOs (Small Office Home Office workers) within a Western European coverage area. The unique combination of the Ka-band and SKYPLEX will provide further opportunities for new multimedia service development, where access via very small transmit/receive user terminals (for example, micro-TV, IP-Broadcasting and interactive network applications).

Hotbird 6 was launched for a reduced fee on the first Atlas-5(401) rocket.

In December 2011 Eutelsat announced, that their satellite assets will be renamed under a unified brand name effective from March 2012. This satellite becqme Hotbird 13A. In 2013, it was renamed Eutelsat 8 West C and moved to the 8 West position. It was then moved in 2015 to 33 East and renamed Eutelsat 33D. Later it was renamed Eutelsat 70D when it moved to 70 East.

The satellite was retired in 2016 and was moved into a graveyard orbit above the geostationary belt.

Nation: International
Type / Application: Communication (Direct Broadcasting)
Operator: Eutelsat
Contractors: Alcatel Space
Equipment: 28 Ku Band transponders, 4 Ka Band transponders
Configuration: Spacebus-3000B3
Propulsion: S400
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 12 years
Mass: 3905 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Hotbird 6 → Hotbird 13A → Eutelsat 8 West C → Eutelsat 33D → Eutelsat 70D 2002-038A 21.08.2002 CC SLC-41 Atlas-5(401)


  • Alcatel Space Website
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