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Hot Bird 9



Hot Bird 9 is a European geostationary communications satellite (owned by Eutelsat) launched by an Ariane 5 rocket at 22:35 UT on 20 December 2008 from Kourou. Built by EADS Astrium using the Eurostar E3000 platform, the craft is equipped with 64 Ku-band transponders for relaying transmissions directly to small dishes at user's homes. The satellite will be used for digital and high definition television broadcasting throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Hot Bird 9 will be positioned at 13° E longitude. Hot Bird 9 will allow the Hot Bird 7A spacecraft currently operating at that location to be moved into the 9° E position for replacement of the 12-year-old Eurobird 9 craft.

Alternate Names

  • 33459
  • EUTE HOT BIRD 13C (HB 9)
  • HotBird9

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2008-12-20
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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