|Names||Hot Bird 9 (2008-12)|
Hot Bird 13C (2012—)
|Mission duration||15 years|
|Launch mass||4,880 kilograms (10,760 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||20 December 2008, 22:35:14UTC|
|Launch site||Kourou ELA-3|
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. 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.