Eutelsat 16B

Eutelsat 16B, formerly known as Hot Bird 4, Nilesat 103, Atlantic Bird 4, and Eurobird 16, is a communications satellite owned and operated by EUTELSAT. The satellite was retired in 2015 and was moved into a graveyard orbit above the geostationary belt.

Eutelsat 16B
NamesHot Bird 4 (1998-2005)
Atlantic Bird 4 (2006-2009)
Eurobird 16 (2009-2012)
Eutelsat 16B (2012-2015)

Leased capacity:
Nilesat 103 (2005-2006)
Mission typeCommunications (direct-to-home)
OperatorEUTELSAT
COSPAR ID1998-013A
SATCAT no.25237
Mission duration17 years (achieved)
Spacecraft properties
BusEurostar-2000+
ManufacturerBritish Aerospace and
Matra Marconi Space
Launch mass2900 kg
Dry mass1310 kg
Power5500 watts
Start of mission
Launch date27 February 1998, 22:38:00 UTC
RocketAriane 42P H10-3
Launch siteCentre Spatial Guyanais, ELA-2
ContractorArianespace
End of mission
DisposalGraveyard orbit
Deactivated2015
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude13° East (1998-2005)
7° West (2005-2009)
16° East (2009-2015) [1]
SlotHot Bird (1998-2005)
Transponders
Band20 Ku-band
Coverage areaAfrica, Middle East, Asia