Eutelsat 36B
NamesEutelsat W7 (2009–2012)
Eutelsat 36B (2012–present)
Mission typeCommunications
COSPAR ID2009-065A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.36101
Mission duration15 years (planned)
14 years, 6 months and 22 days (in progress)
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftEutelsat W7
Spacecraft typeSpacebus
ManufacturerAlcatel Alenia Space
Launch mass5,627 kg (12,405 lb)
Power12 kW
Start of mission
Launch date24 November 2009,
14:19:10 UTC
RocketProton-M / Briz-M
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 200/39
ContractorKhrunichev State Research and Production Space Center
Entered serviceJanuary 2010
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude36° East
Band70 Ku-band
Coverage areaEurope, Africa, Middle East, Russia, Central Asia

Eutelsat 36B (formerly Eutelsat W7) is a communications satellite in the W series operated by Eutelsat. It is co-located with Eutelsat 36A satellite at 36° East. It was launched on 24 November 2009, at 14:19:10 UTC, by a Proton launch vehicle.[1]

Satellite description

Eutelsat and Alcatel Alenia Space announced in December 2006 that the two companies have signed a contract under which Alcatel Alenia Space will manufacture and deliver the Eutelsat W7 communications satellite.[2] Manufactured by Thales Alenia Space in its Cannes Mandelieu Space Center, based on a Spacebus-4000C4 satellite bus, it features up to 70 Ku-band transponders, 12 kW of power, a weight of 5,627 kg (12,405 lb), and has a lifetime of about 17 years (2009-2026).[3]

Eutelsat 36B is one of the most powerful spacecraft in the fleet of Eutelsat. Digital broadcasting and direct-to-home (DTH) video services is beamed to customers in Russia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The new satellite replaced all the capacity on the SESAT 1 (now Eutelsat 16C) satellite, which was redeployed to 16° East after nearly 10 years of operations at 36° East. Eutelsat 36B communications payload is connected to five downlink beams for Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.

Eutelsat 36B is expected to be replaced by Eutelsat 36D, currently scheduled for launch in late 2024.[4][3]


  1. ^ Clark, Stephen (24 November 2009). "Another Proton rocket mission ends in success". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Eutelsat W7 → Eutelsat 36B". Gunter's Space Page. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Eutelsat procures EUTELSAT 36D satellite from Airbus for service continuity at its key 36° East orbital position". Eutelsat. 22 March 2021. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  4. ^ Rainbow, Jason (22 March 2021). "Airbus nets first commercial GEO order of 2021 with Eutelsat replacement satellite". SpaceNews. Retrieved 22 March 2021.