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Eurobird 1



EUROBIRD is the 18th member of the European Eutelsat consortium's geosynchronous constellation that was launched by an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou at 22:51 UT. It carries 24 Ku-band transponders to provide broad bandwidth and high power direct-to-home transmissions to enable digital entertainment and internet connections. The 3-ton (with fuel) satellite will be parked over 28.5 deg-E longitude, replacing the aging COPERNICUS (presumably, an alternative name for KOPERNIKUS (DFS 3), 1992-066A).

Alternate Names

  • 26719
  • Eurobird1
  • Eute 28A

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2001-03-08
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana

Funding Agency

  • European Telecommunications Satellite Consortium (International)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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