Eurobird 1

EUTELSAT

Spacecraft n°:

EUTELSAT spacecraft n°: 21

Also called Europesat 1

Launch data:


Designation 26719 / 01011A
Launch date 08 Mar 2001 - 22:51 UT
Launch site Ko, ELA3
Launch vehicle Ariane-5G (V140 / 509)
MissionCommercial: Communications
Geostationary orbit:
Perigee / Apogee 35788 x 35794 km
Eccentricity 7,12E-05
Inclination 0.07 deg
Period 1436.1 min

P&T Luxembourg, A Eutelsat signatory, booked six 72 MHz transponders in the 11.20-11.45 GHz band for the satellite lifetime and turned those transponders to SES in May 2000. BskyB secured 4 transponders the same way with BT.

Total cost with insurance: approx $200 million. Tested at 33°E

Specifications

Prime contractor Alcatel Space Industries (with DASA, Alenia & SS/L)
Platform Spacebus-3000B2
Operator EUTELSAT
Mass at launch 2950 kg
Mass in orbit 1810 kg
Dry mass 1375 kg
Dimension 4.6 x 2.5 x 1.8 m
Solar array 29 m span
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power EOL: 5900 W
Design lifetime 12 years - still active

Location:

DatePositionRemarks
  28.5°E  
 July 2010  28.56° E 

Beacons: 11.452570 & 12.50100 & 11.20000 GHz.
Has an Astrium S400 bipropellant engine

Mission


Ku-band:

Main transponders 24
Backup transponders  
Power 90 W
Bandwidth 12 x 33 MHz
12 x 72 MHz
Coverage Central europe
EIRP max fixed: 47 dBW
2 steerable beams
Polarization linear
Frequencies Would downlink in 11.20 - 11.70 GHz and 12.50 - 12.75 GHz (6 transp.)

The steerable beams have an elliptical footprint that can be rotated by up to +/- 90°

Transponder frequency chart (GHz)

Horizontal
Uplink
Horizontal
Downlink
Transponder Vertical
Downlink
Vertical
Uplink
Bandwidth (MHz) Uplink from Downlink to
  11.24167 C1   13.04167 72 steerable 2 steerable 2
13.04167   C2 11.24167   72 steerable 2 steerable 2
  11.32500 C3   13.12500 72 steerable 2 steerable 2
13.12500   C4 11.32500   72 steerable 2 steerable 2
  11.40833 C5   12.20833 72 steerable 2 steerable 2
12.20833   C6 11.40833   72 steerable 2 steerable 2
               
  12.54167 F1 / F1S   14.04167 72 F1: fixed, F1S: steerable 2 F1: fixed, F1S: steerable 2
14.04167   F2 / F2S 12.54167   72 F1: fixed, F1S: steerable 2 F1: fixed, F1S: steerable 2
  12.62500 F3 / F3S   14.12500 72 F1: fixed, F1S: steerable 2 F1: fixed, F1S: steerable 2
14.12500   F4 / F4S 12.62500   72 F1: fixed, F1S: steerable 2 F1: fixed, F1S: steerable 2
  12.70833 F5 / F5S   14.20833 72 F1: fixed, F1S: steerable 2 F1: fixed, F1S: steerable 2
14.20833   F6 / F6S 12.70833   72 F1: fixed, F1S: steerable 2 F1: fixed, F1S: steerable 2

Steerable 1 transponder frequency chart (GHz)

Horizontal
Uplink
Horizontal
Downlink
Transponder Vertical
Downlink
Vertical
Uplink
Bandwidth (MHz)
  11.46923 D1S   14.26923 33
14.28846   D2S 11.48846   33
  11.50769 D3S   14.30769 33
14.32692   D4S 11.52692   33
  11.54615 D5S   14.34615 33
14.36538   D6S 11.56538   33
  11.58462 D7S   14.38462 33
14.40385   D8S 11.60385   33
  11.62508 D9S   14.42308 33
14.44231   D10S 11.64231   33
  11.66154 D11S   14.46154 33
14.48077   D12S 11.68077   33


Astrophilately covers:

Ariane-509

Launch cancel Kourou

Ariane-509

Headquarter cancel Paris

Credit covers: J.VdDr.

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