Eutelsat 31A

Eutelsat 31A
Names e-Bird (2003-06)
Eurobird 3 (2006-12)
Eutelsat 33A (2012-14)
Eutelsat 31A (2014—)
Mission type Communications
Operator Eutelsat
COSPAR ID 2003-043A
SATCAT № 27948
Mission duration 10 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus BSS-376
Manufacturer Boeing
Launch mass 1,530 kilograms (3,370 lb)
Dry mass 888 kilograms (1,958 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 27 September 2003, 23:14:46 (2003-09-27UTC23:14:46Z) UTC
Rocket Ariane 5G
Launch site Kourou ELA-3
Contractor Arianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 31° east
Band 20 Ku-band
Coverage area Continental Europe
Great Britain

Eutelsat 31A, formerly e-Bird, Eurobird 3 and Eutelsat 33A, is a communications satellite that offers capacity for broadband and broadcast services in Europe. It is owned by Eutelsat.

Positioned at 31° East - having been relocated from 33° East in May 2014[1] - Eutelsat 31A is optimised for interactive broadband services, and also valued by broadcasters for occasional use and professional video services, and data networks like Estar by Technologie Satelitarne service.

Its 20 Ku band transponders are connected to four spot beams over Europe and Turkey. These four beams overlap to allow hubs located in the hot spots of each beam to communicate with each other, thus ensuring highly effective pan-European coverage.


  1. de Selding, Peter (16 May 2014). "Eutelsat Continues To Cater to Brazil's Ka-band Appetite". Retrieved 8 June 2014.

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