Sunday, October 16, 2022

SpaceX: Eutelsat Satellite Launch | Cape Canaveral Space Force Station

SpaceX: Eutelsat Satellite Launch | Cape Canaveral Space Force Station


On Saturday, October 15, 2022, at 1:22 a.m. ET, Falcon 9 launched the Eutelsat Hotbird 13F mission to a geosynchronous transfer orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

This was the third launch and landing of this booster, which previously supported the launch of CRS-24 and one Starlink mission.

Eutelsat Hotbird-13F and its sister satellite Hotbird-13G are slated to replace three existing satellites at the 13 degrees East longitude geosynchronous orbital slot. These satellites are designed to provide up to 1,000 television channels, including 4K video, to over 160 million homes in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

The Hotbird-13F and 13G satellites, massing 4,500 kilograms each, are equipped with 80 Ku-band transponders. These satellites, designed to operate for 15 years, use all-electric propulsion and have 22 kilowatts of power capability provided by two large solar panels. The all-electric propulsion system enables a reduced launch mass for the satellites, which do not have to carry large amounts of liquid fuel.

Both Hotbird satellites were built by Airbus Defence and Space. Hotbird 13F was the first satellite built under the European Space Agency’s Eurostar Neo program. This program was enabled by an ESA Partnership Project with Airbus, which is an effort by ESA to improve European space industry innovation and competitiveness in the world market.

Credit: Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX)

Image Date: October 15, 2022

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