Eutelsat 36A

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Eutelsat 36A
Names Eutelsat W4 (2000-12)
Eutelsat 36A (2012—)
Mission type Communication
Operator Eutelsat
COSPAR ID 2000-028A
SATCAT no. 26369
Mission duration 12 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus Spacebus-3000B2
Manufacturer Alcatel Space
Launch mass 3,190 kilograms (7,030 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 24 May 2000, 23:10:05 (2000-05-24UTC23:10:05Z) UTC
Rocket Atlas IIIA
Launch site Cape Canaveral SLC-36B
Contractor ILS
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 36° East

Eutelsat 36A (formerly Eutelsat W4) is a French communications satellite which is operated by Eutelsat. It was constructed by Alcatel Space is based on the Spacebus-3000B2 satellite bus. It was launched on the maiden flight of the Atlas III carrier rocket, which used the Atlas IIIA configuration. The launch was contracted by International Launch Services, and occurred on 24 May 2000, at 23:10 GMT from Space Launch Complex 36B at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Following its launch and on-orbit testing, it was placed in geostationary orbit at 36° East, from where it provides communications services to Russia and Africa. It carries thirty-one transponders, and has an expected on-orbit lifespan of 12 years.