Eurobird 3 (2006-12)
Eutelsat 33A (2012-14)
Eutelsat 31A (2014—)
|Mission duration||10 years|
|Launch mass||1,530 kilograms (3,370 lb)|
|Dry mass||888 kilograms (1,958 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||27 September 2003, 23:14:46UTC|
|Launch site||Kourou ELA-3|
|Coverage area||Continental Europe|
Positioned at 31° East - having been relocated from 33° East in May 2014 - Eutelsat 31A is optimised for interactive broadband services, and also valued by broadcasters for occasional use and professional video services, and data networks like Estar by Technologie Satelitarne service.
Its 20 Ku band transponders are connected to four spot beams over Europe and Turkey. These four beams overlap to allow hubs located in the hot spots of each beam to communicate with each other, thus ensuring highly effective pan-European coverage.