Eurobird 1 Eutelsat 28A Satellite
The Eurobird 1 satellite was launched on 8th March 2001. Eurobird 1 satellite was deployed at was located at 28.2° east, the main orbital position for direct-to-home satellite TV services in the UK and Ireland, mainly the broadcast of Sky TV and the other UK TV satellite channels.
Eurobird 1 satellite was designed with 36 transponders, 24 active transponders and 12 backup transponders.
Eurobird 1 satellite was designed with an operational life of 12 years.
The Eurobird 1 satellite has three beams, one fixed, covering almost all of Europe as well as north-western Africa, and two steerable – the first, “S1”, co-focused with the fixed beam but with a Europe-only footprint, and a second, “S2”, aimed to central Europe. All of Eurobird 1 satellites beams were easily available to receive in Spain.
In 2011 Eurobird 1 was renames to Eutelsat 28A.
In August 2012 it was confirmed that Eutelsat 28A has experienced some loss of power. Channels were moved to the three new UK TV satellites at 28 east, Astra 2E, Astra 2F, and Astra 2G. The last active Eutelsat 28A transponders transferred to Astra 2E on June 29, 2015. Eutelsat 28A since been redeployed at 33° east and renamed into Eutelsat 33C.
Eurobird 1 Satellite Signal Footprint Map