Hotbird 13G ready to launch
November 1, 2022
By Chris Forrester
Eutelsat’s latest Hotbird satellite, 13G, is slated to launch on November 2nd from Cape Canaveral. The satellite will join its sister craft Hotbird 13F (pictured) which launched on October 15th.
SpaceX says it is targeting to launch the Eutelsat Hotbird 13G mission to a geosynchronous transfer orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. This is an earlier launch than originally expected. The launch window opens at 11.25pm Florida time.
After the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket’s separation, the first stage will land on the ‘Just Read the Instructions’ drone ship, which will be stationed downrange in the Atlantic Ocean.
Eutelsat says that the two satellites would replace the current three craft occupying the 13 degrees East orbital slot when successfully deployed. However, they will take some time to get to their orbital slots. The two satellites are all electric and orbit raising will each take about five months.
The two Hotbird satellites will provide video broadcasting service to more than 160 million homes in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.