Hotbird 10

From: Chris Peat (chris.peat@dlr.de)
Date: Wed Feb 25 2009 - 09:11:10 UTC

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    Hi all,
    Object B (33750) is definitely Hotbird 10. I just got back from supporting
    the Hotbird 10 commissioning phase at the Eutelsat control centre near
    Paris. It is currently stationed at around 4 degrees east for commissioning.
    
    Chris Peat
    Heavens-Above.com
    
    
    === Orginal message ===
    I'm getting reports that as of this morning test signals have been seen at 4
    degs - 5 degs east , on the arc.
    
    Latest TLEs show this to be Object B 33750 ( 2009 008B ) ......which I would
    expect to be Hotbird 10 ( This area is a proving ground for new Eutelsats )
    
    However Object B should be NSS 9 , carried on the same launch...HB10 is
    catalogued as Object A.
    
    Does anyone have an clarification on this please.
    
    I know it sometimes happens that the object numbers are transposed and
    assume this is the case here as NSS 9 is Pacific bound and is showing at
    173.5 west at present.
    
    
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