Eutelsat NEW Satellite names 01-03-2012
Eutelsat is unifying the names of its satellites with the Eutelsat brand. As of March 1st 2012 the Group’s satellites will all take the Eutelsat name, with the relevant figure for their orbital position and a letter indicating their order of arrival at that position. This logical pattern will enable our user community to immediately identify where a satellite is located and its chronology at the neighbourhood it occupies.
Current in-orbit satellites will be renamed as follows: W6 at 21.5° East, for example, will become EUTELSAT 21A. The future W6A satellite will become EUTELSAT 21B. To ensure clarity, satellites at Eutelsat’s four West positions will include West in their name. For example, ATLANTIC BIRD™ 2 will become EUTELSAT 8 West A.
Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD™ brand, which over 20 years has acquired an established reputation in the satellite TV industry, will be retained and associated with the Eutelsat brand and numbering system. For example, HOT BIRD™ 6 will become EUTELSAT HOT BIRD 13A.