In the night of 3 to 4 October 2006 Hotbird 3 experienced an anomaly at the end of the eclipse period which has resulted in substantial damage to a solar array and subsequent loss of satellite power, Eutelsat said.
Shortly before the failure, Hotbird 3 had begun transfer operations for its relocation to 10 degrees East from 13 degrees East. Copositioned with Eutelsat's W1 satellite, it was scheduled to begin service in October 2006 at 10 degrees East under the new name of Eurobird 10.
Eutelsat at that time said that the incident does not impact on procedures for the satellite's transfer to 10 degrees East, which took place as planned although the satellite operated a lower number of transponders than planned.
However, the satellite was moved to 4 degrees East and renamed Eurobird 4 in March 2007.