Hot Bird 13B


Hot Bird 13B
NamesHot Bird 8 (2006-12)
Hot Bird 13B (2012—)
Mission typeCommunication
COSPAR ID2006-032A
SATCAT no.29270
Mission duration15 years
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass4,875 kilograms (10,748 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date4 August 2006, 21:48:00 (2006-08-04UTC21:48Z) UTC
Launch siteBaikonur 200/39
ContractorInternational Launch Services
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude13° east
SlotHot Bird
Band64 Ku-band
Coverage areaEurope
North Africa
Middle East

Hot Bird 13B, known as Hot Bird 8 prior to 2012, is a French communications satellite. Operated by Eutelsat, it provides direct to home broadcasting services from geostationary orbit as part of Eutelsat's Hot Bird constellation at a longitude of 13 degrees east.

Hot Bird 13B was constructed by Astrium, and is based on the Eurostar-3000 satellite bus. It has a mass of 4,875 kilograms (10,748 lb) and is expected to operate for 15 years. The spacecraft has 64 Ku-band transponders,[1] broadcasting satellite television and radio to Europe, North Africa, Americas and the Middle East.[2]

Hot Bird 8, as it was then named, was launched by a Proton-M carrier rocket with a Briz-M upper stage. The launch took place from Site 200/39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, at 21:48:00 on 4 August 2006[3] with spacecraft separation occurring at 06:59:20 on 5 August.[4] The launch was conducted by International Launch Services.[5] The spacecraft was deployed into geosynchronous transfer orbit, raising itself to its operational geostationary position at 13 degrees east by means of its apogee motor. The spacecraft is co-located with Hot Bird 13C and Hot Bird 13D.


  1. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Hot Bird 8, 9, 10 → Eutelsat Hot Bird 13B, 13C, 13D / Atlantic Bird 4A / Eutelsat 3C". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  2. ^ "EUTELSAT HOT BIRD 13B satellite". The Fleet. Eutelsat. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  3. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  4. ^ "ILS Current Campaign Blog - HOT BIRD 8" (PDF). International Launch Services. 7 September 2006. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  5. ^ "HOT BIRD 8". International Launch Services. Retrieved 4 October 2013.