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Hotbird 7

Hotbird 7 [Astrium]

Hotbird 7 was to be used for direct television and radio broadcast across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. This satellite was the fifth in the Hotbird series to have been ordered from Astrium.

As prime contractor for Hotbird 7, Astrium had provided both the platform and the payload. The satellite was based on the company's well-proven Eurostar-2000+ platform. The spacecraft had a launch mass of 3350 kg, power levels of 7.5 kW and a design lifetime of up to 15 years. Hot Bird 7 carried a payload of 40 active Ku-band channels with high-power travelling wave tube amplifiers, giving the satellite twice the capacity of the earlier Astrium-built Hotbird satellites.

In orbit at the 13 East position, Hot Bird 7 was to replace Hot Bird 3, but the launch failed.

Nation: International
Type / Application: Communication (Direct Broadcasting)
Operator: Eutelsat
Contractors: Astrium
Equipment: 40 active Ku-band transponders
Configuration: Eurostar-2000+
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 3400 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Hotbird 7 2002-F03 11.12.2002 Ko ELA-3 F Ariane-5ECA with Stentor, MFD A, MFD B
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