29 April, 2023

Blue marble sparkles: Airbus-built HOTBIRD 13G satellite provides colourful selfie

Eighth Airbus-built full-electric satellite joins twin in orbit for Eutelsat

The Airbus-built Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13G satellite has reached its geostationary orbit, 36,000 km above us. A month after its twin satellite HOTBIRD13F, it completed its electric orbit raising in five months and used cameras to do visual checks to complement the comprehensive testing at its orbital position. While its twin was equipped with a black and white camera, HOTBIRD 13G, the eighth Airbus-built full-electric satellite, has a full-colour device.

HOTBIRD13-G is equipped with a camera - this time in colour - at the tip of one of the robotic arms hosting the electric propulsion thrusters