HOT BIRD™ 7A :: 13° East
The Ariane 5 ECA launch with HOT BIRD™ 7A is postponed

Ariane 5 mission has been postponed following an anomaly with ground support equipment that is used to prepare the launch vehicle at Europe's Spaceport.

Both the heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA and the HOT BIRD™ 7A satellite are in a safe mode.

A new date for this mission will be announced shortly.

About HOT BIRD™ 7A

HOT BIRD™ 7A pioneers a new generation of satellites at 13 degrees East.

The satellite will primarily deliver television broadcasting to cable and DTH homes throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. And, with slightly larger antennas, HOT BIRD™ 7A signals can be received as far east as Moscow and Dubai.

With 38 Ku-band transponders, HOT BIRD™ 7A's prime mission is to replace HOT BIRD™ 1, which has provided more than a decade of excellent service at 13 degrees East. The satellite's expanded, very flexible capacity is also available for potential back-up and replacement capacity for the HOT BIRD™ 2, 3 and 4 satellites.

In addition to TV and radio broadcasting, HOT BIRD™ 7A also provides interactive and multimedia services throughout its extensive coverage area.

Launch date: Planned February 2006
Launch details: Ariane 5 ECA
Satellite construction: Alcatel Space Industries