Stellat 5 → Atlantic Bird 3 [Alcatel]
Stellat 5 is based on a Spacebus-3000B3 platform with 35 Ku-band and 10 C-band channels. It is dedicated for broadcast and IP services across five continents with a possibility of a two-way Internet access.
The satellite is positioned at 5° West (hence the number 5 in the designation). Shortly after being orbited, the satellite was sold to Eutelsat and renamed Atlantic Bird 3.
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 5 West A.
The satellite's Ku-band capacity was replaced in 2018 by the Eutelsat 5 West B, while the C-band capacity will be replaced by other Eutelsat satellites. Since 2019, it was operated in inclined orbit for maritime connectivity. In January 2023, it was put into a graveyard orbit 400 km above GEO and was passivated.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Operator:||Stellat → Eutelsat|
|Equipment:||35 Ku-band transponders, 10 C-band transponders|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Stellat 5 → Atlantic Bird 3 → Eutelsat 5 West A||2002-035A||05.07.2002||Ko ELA-3||Ariane-5G||with N-Star c|
Further Eutelsat missions: