Hot Bird 10, NSS-9 & Spirale-A & B

Launch Time
Thu Feb 12, 2009 22:09 UTC

Its launch has been featured in National Geographic Channel's programme World's Toughest Fixes. Flight V187.


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

Eutelsat 33E

Eutelsat 33E, previously known as Hot Bird 10, Atlantic Bird 4A, Eutelsat 3B, and Nilesat 104, Hot Bird 13D is a French communications satellite. Operated by Eutelsat, it provides direct-to-home broadcasting services from geostationary orbit as part of Eutelsat's Hot Bird constellation at a longitude of 13 degrees east.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 4,892.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


NSS-9 is a communications satellite owned by SES WORLD SKIES. It is an all-C-band satellite intended as a replacement for NSS-5 and has three beams with 44 active C-band transponders.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 2,230.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit

Spirale-A & Spirale-B

Spirale is a French government programme to develop an early warning system that will use infrared satellite imagery to detect the flights of ballistic missiles during their boost phase, just after launch. SPIRALE is an acronym that stands for "Système Préparatoire Infra-Rouge pour l’ALErte", literally "infrared preparatory system for alert".

The demonstrator system includes two 120 kilograms (260 lb) microsatellites and an alert and monitoring ground segment.

Payloads: 2
Total Mass: 240.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


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



8th orbital launch attempt


175th mission
1st mission of 2009
168th successful mission
31st consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

43rd mission
1st mission of 2009
39th successful mission
29th consecutive successful mission