SpaceX launches Hotbird 13G to extend Eutelsat’s broadcast coverage

SpaceX launched the second of two satellites for Eutelsat on November 3 to resupply one of the largest broadcast systems in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. A Falcon 9 carrying the Hotbird 13G satellite for the French operator took off at 1:22 a.m. Eastern Time from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The all-electric satellite separated from the rocket in geostationary transfer orbit about 35 minutes later. According to Eutelsat, Hotbird 13G successfully initialized over a three-hour period to begin heading towards its orbital slot at 13 degrees west with onboard propulsion.

The Falcon 9 first stage successfully landed on a SpaceX drone in the Atlantic Ocean for re-use shortly after launch. The booster has been used in six other SpaceX missions, including cargo and crew deliveries to the International Space Station, the launch of a Turkish satellite and a spacecraft batch for the Starlink broadband constellation.

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