Hot Bird 13B

Hot Bird 13B
Names Hot Bird 8 (2006-12)
Hot Bird 13B (2012—)
Mission type Communication
Operator Eutelsat
COSPAR ID 2006-032A
SATCAT № 29270
Mission duration 15 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus Eurostar-3000
Manufacturer Astrium
Launch mass 4,875 kilograms (10,748 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 4 August 2006, 21:48:00 (2006-08-04UTC21:48Z) UTC
Rocket Proton-M/Briz-M
Launch site Baikonur 200/39
Contractor International Launch Services
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 13° east
Slot Hot Bird
Band 64 Ku-band
Coverage area Europe
North Africa
Middle East

Hot Bird 13B, known as Hot Bird 8 prior to 2012, is a French communications satellite. Operated by Eutelsat, it provides direct to home broadcasting services from geostationary orbit as part of Eutelsat's Hot Bird constellation at a longitude of 13 degrees east.

Hot Bird 13B was constructed by Astrium, and is based on the Eurostar-3000 satellite bus. It has a mass of 4,875 kilograms (10,748 lb) and is expected to operate for 15 years. The spacecraft has 64 Ku-band transponders,[1] broadcasting satellite television and radio to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.[2]

Hot Bird 8, as it was then named, was launched by a Proton-M carrier rocket with a Briz-M upper stage. The launch took place from Site 200/39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, at 21:48:00 on 4 August 2006[3] with spacecraft separation occurring at 06:59:20 on 5 August.[4] The launch was conducted by International Launch Services.[5] The spacecraft was deployed into geosynchronous transfer orbit, raising itself to its operational geostationary position at 13 degrees east by means of its apogee motor. The spacecraft is co-located with Hot Bird 13C and Hot Bird 13D.


  1. Krebs, Gunter. "Hot Bird 8, 9, 10 → Eutelsat Hot Bird 13B, 13C, 13D / Atlantic Bird 4A / Eutelsat 3C". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  2. "EUTELSAT HOT BIRD 13B satellite". The Fleet. Eutelsat. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  3. McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  4. "ILS Current Campaign Blog - HOT BIRD 8" (PDF). International Launch Services. 7 September 2006. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  5. "HOT BIRD 8". International Launch Services. Retrieved 4 October 2013.

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