Hotbird 4

Launch Time
Fri Feb 27, 1998 22:38 UTC

Flight V106.


Ariane 42P
Image Credit: Arianespace
Status: Retired
Liftoff Thrust: 4,334 kN
Payload to GTO: 2,930 kg
Stages: 3
Strap-ons: 2
Rocket Height: 58.72 m

Mission Details

Hotbird 4

Eutelsat 16B, formerly known as Hot Bird 4, Atlantic Bird 4, Nilesat 103 and Eurobird 16, is a communications satellite owned and operated by Eutelsat. The satellite is currently operational at 16° East.

The satellite was positioned in geostationary orbit at a longitude of 13 degrees east, colocated with the rest of the Hot Bird constellation. Following the launches of Hot Bird 7A and Hot Bird 8 in 2006, the satellite was moved to 7 degrees west under the Atlantic Bird brand, and renamed Atlantic Bird 4. During this time, some of the satellite's capacity was leased to Egyptian operator Nilesat, who marketed the satellite as Nilesat 103.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 2,900.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


ELA-2, Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana, France



14th orbital launch attempt


95th mission
2nd mission of 1998
90th successful mission
34th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 4

76th mission
2nd mission of 1998
73rd successful mission
34th consecutive successful mission