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Atlantic Bird 7



Atlantic Bird 7, a Eutelsat communications satellite, was launched on 24 September 2011 at 20:18 UT from the Odyssey Launch Platform by a Zenit-3SL rocket. The craft weighed 4,600 kg and will provide digital broadcasting and internet services. It has a Middle East-North Africa beam with 44 Ku-band transponders, plus a separate beam with up to 12 transponders for Northwest Africa. A pair of solar wings spanning about 5 m is designed to provide at least 12 kW of power at the end of the spacecraft's lifetime. Atlantic Bird 7 will use its propulsion system to circularize its orbit to geostationary altitude, where its velocity will match that of Earth's rotation and appear parked at 7 degrees West longitude to provide communications services across the Middle East and Africa. It will be co-located with three Egyptian-owned Nilesat spacecraft to enhance the communications capabilities over the coverage zone. The satellite is expected to go operational in about a month following the deployment of it appendages and testing. The spacecraft has an expected service lifetime of at least 15 years.

Alternate Names

  • 37816
  • AtlanticBird7

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2011-09-24
Launch Vehicle: Zenit 3SL
Launch Site: Odyssey (Sea Launch Platform),
Mass: 4600 kg

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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