Hot Bird 13C

Hot Bird 13C, formerly Hot Bird 9, is a communications satellite operated by Eutelsat, launched 20 December 2008 aboard an Ariane 5ECA carrier rocket along with the Eutelsat W2M spacecraft.[1] It was built by EADS Astrium, based on a Eurostar E3000 satellite bus. It was positioned in geosynchronous orbit at 13°E. After in-orbit testing it will provide communications services to Asia, Europe, Americas, North Africa and the Middle East, with 64 NATO J-band (IEEE Ku band) transponders.

Hot Bird 13C
NamesHot Bird 9 (2008-12)
Hot Bird 13C (2012—)
Mission typeCommunication
COSPAR ID2008-065A
SATCAT no.33459
Mission duration15 years
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerEADS Astrium
Launch mass4,880 kilograms (10,760 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date20 December 2008, 22:35:14 (2008-12-20UTC22:35:14Z) UTC
RocketAriane 5ECA
Launch siteKourou ELA-3
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric

The satellite has a mass of 4,880 kilograms, and an expected service life of 15 years. It is identical to the Hot Bird 8 and Hot Bird 10 satellites.