Eutelsat 36A


Eutelsat 36A
NamesEutelsat W4 (2000-12)
Eutelsat 36A (2012—)
Mission typeCommunication
COSPAR ID2000-028A
SATCAT no.26369
Mission duration12 years
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerAlcatel Space
Launch mass3,190 kilograms (7,030 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date24 May 2000, 23:10:05 (2000-05-24UTC23:10:05Z) UTC
RocketAtlas IIIA
Launch siteCape Canaveral SLC-36B
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude36° East

Eutelsat 36A (formerly Eutelsat W4) is a French communications satellite operated by Eutelsat. It was constructed by Alcatel Space and is based on the Spacebus-3000B2 satellite bus. It was launched on the maiden flight of the Atlas III carrier rocket, which used the Atlas IIIA configuration. The launch was contracted by International Launch Services, and occurred on 24 May 2000, at 23:10 GMT from Space Launch Complex 36B at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Following its launch and on-orbit testing, it was placed in geostationary orbit at 36° East, from where it provides communications services to Russia and Africa. It carries thirty-one transponders, and has an expected on-orbit lifespan of 12 years.


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