Eutelsat 33A

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Eutelsat 33A
Names e-Bird (2003-06)
Eurobird 3 (2006-12)
Eutelsat 33A (2012—)
Mission type Communications
Operator Eutelsat
COSPAR ID 2003-043A
SATCAT № 27948
Mission duration 10 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus BSS-376
Manufacturer Boeing
Launch mass 1,530 kilograms (3,370 lb)
Dry mass 888 kilograms (1,958 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 27 September 2003, 23:14:46 (2003-09-27UTC23:14:46Z) UTC
Rocket Ariane 5G
Launch site Kourou ELA-3
Contractor Arianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 33° east
Transponders
Band 20 Ku-band
Coverage area Continental Europe
Great Britain
Scandinavia
Turkey

Eutelsat 33A (formerly e-Bird and Eurobird 3) is a communications satellite that offers capacity for broadband and broadcast services in Europe. It is owned by Eutelsat.

Positioned at 33° East, Eutelsat 33A is optimised for interactive broadband services, and also valued by broadcasters for occasional use and professional video services, and data networks like Estar by Technologie Satelitarne service.

Its 20 Ku band transponders are connected to 4 spot beams over Europe and Turkey. These 4 beams overlap to allow hubs located in the hot spots of each beam to communicate with each other, thus ensuring highly effective pan-European coverage.

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