Eutelsat 16C (formerly SESAT 1) is a satellite operated by Eutelsat Communications, originally the first of a series of SESAT (Siberia - Europe SATellite) satellites. It provides a wide range of telecommunications services over a very large geographical coverage area that extends from the Atlantic Ocean to Eastern Russia, including a large part of Siberia. The satellite also provide broadcasting services to Africa by means of steerable spotbeams.
EUTELSAT 16C (2012-2018)
|Mission duration||10 years (planned)|
17.8 years (achieved)
Alcatel Alenia Space
|Launch mass||2,500 kg (5,500 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||17 April 2000, 21:06:00 UTC|
|Rocket||Proton-K / DM-2M|
|Launch site||Baikonur, Site 200/39|
|Contractor||Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center|
|Entered service||June 2000|
|End of mission|
|Deactivated||13 February 2018|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Longitude||36° East (2000-2010)|
16° East (2010-2018)
|Coverage area||Europe, Africa, Russia|
On 29 January 2010, the satellite moved to 16° East to take over some services from the malfunctioning EUTELSAT W2 satellite. The satellite was deorbited on 13 February 2018, after 17 years and 10 months of service, setting a record for in-orbit life.
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