Hot Bird 9 & Eutelsat W2M

Launch Time
Sat Dec 20, 2008 22:35 UTC

Flight V186.


Ariane 5 ECA
Image Credit: Arianespace
Status: Retired
Price: $200.0 million
Liftoff Thrust: 15,120 kN
Payload to LEO: 21,000 kg
Payload to GTO: 10,500 kg
Stages: 2
Strap-ons: 2
Rocket Height: 53.0 m
Fairing Diameter: 5.4 m
Fairing Height: 17.0 m

Mission Details

Hot Bird 13C

Hot Bird 13C, formerly Hot Bird 9, is a communications satellite operated by Eutelsat. It was built by EADS Astrium, based on a Eurostar E3000 satellite bus. It was positioned in geosynchronous orbit at 13°E. After in-orbit testing, it will provide communications services to Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, with 64 NATO J-band (IEEE Ku band) transponders.

The satellite has an expected service life of 15 years. It is identical to the Hot Bird 8 and Hot Bird 10 satellites.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 4,880.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit

Eutelsat W2M

Afghansat 1, formerly named Eutelsat W2M, Eutelsat 48B, and Eutelsat 28B is a telecommunications satellite operated by Afghanistan's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 3,460.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


ELA-3, Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana, France



67th orbital launch attempt


174th mission
6th mission of 2008
167th successful mission
30th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

42nd mission
6th mission of 2008
38th successful mission
28th consecutive successful mission