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)
COSPAR ID1998-013A
SATCAT no.25237
Mission duration17 years (achieved)
Spacecraft properties
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
End of mission
DisposalGraveyard orbit
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude13° East (1998-2005)
7° West (2005-2009)
16° East (2009-2015) [1]
SlotHot Bird (1998-2005)
Band20 Ku-band
Coverage areaAfrica, Middle East, Asia