Arianespace Launches SES and Eutelsat Satellites

February 16, 2009

Arianespace has successfully launched Eutelsat’s Hot Bird 10 and SES New Skies’ NSS-9 satellites, Arianespace announced Feb. 12.
The mission also launched two microsatellites for the Spirale demonstration program.
Liftoff occurred on Feb. 12 at 7:09 p.m. local time in Kourou (5:09 pm in Washington, D.C). The mission was carried out by an Ariane 5 ECA launcher.

Hot Bird 10 is fitted with 64 high-power Ku-band transponders. A large satellite weighing 4,892 kg at liftoff, Hot Bird 10 was built by EADS Astrium and is identical to the Hot Bird 8 and 9 satellites. Prior to joining Eutelsat’s flagship Hot Bird position at 13 degrees East, the satellite will be located at 7º West in order to increase resources at this location for broadcasting in the Middle East.

Built by Orbital Sciences Corp. using a Star-2 platform, NSS-9 will weigh about 2,290 kg at launch. It is equipped with 44 active high-power transponders and has a design life of at least 15 years. From its orbital position at 183º West, it will offer seamless operational continuity to a variety of customers, including TV broadcasters, government users, operators and transport firms in the Pacific islands, as well as the maritime industry.