The satellite will help carry more than a thousand TV channels across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
Eutelsat Hotbird 13F satellite launched into Geostationary Transfer Orbit by SpaceX using a Falcon 9 rocket that lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA at 01.22 pm Eastern time.
The separation of the all-electric satellite occurred after a 35-minute flight and the spacecraft systems initialisation was successfully completed over a period of three hours.
Eutelsat Hotbird 13F is one of two satellites built by manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space. It is based on the Eurostar Neo telecommunications satellite platform, developed under an ESA Partnership Project with Airbus designed to foster innovation and competitiveness in the European space industry.
Once into orbit and positioned, the satellite Eutelsat Hotbird 13F will, with its twin Eutelsat Hotbird 13G, reinforce and enhance the broadcast of more than a thousand television channels into homes across Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. Moreover, the satellites will offer advanced features in terms of uplink signal protection and resilience.
The two satellites will be replacing three older satellites at Eutelsats 13° East flagship neighbourhood position.
Pascal Homsy, Chief Technical Officer of Eutelsat, said: “Our congratulations to the Eutelsat, Airbus and SpaceX teams for successfully launching our Eutelsat Hotbird 13F satellite into geostationary orbit. This satellite brings the latest technology resources of the new Eurostar Neo platform at our leading 13-degree East position and confirms a long-term partnership between Airbus and Eutelsat.”