From March 2012, Eutelsat has changed the names of the Group’s satellites giving them all the Eutelsat name, combined with the relevant figure for their orbital position and a letter indicating their order of arrival at that position. This logical pattern enables immediate identification of where a satellite is located and its chronology at the neighbourhood it occupies.
For example, Eutelsat KA-SAT to which Elfordstown’s KA-SAT antenna connects, is now EUTELSAT KA-SAT 9A, indicating an orbital position of 9 degrees East, and first arrival at that location.
Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD brand, which over 20 years has acquired an established reputation in the satellite TV industry, is retained and associated with the Eutelsat brand and numbering system.
Using this tool you can enter a previous satellite name and find out its new name.