HOT BIRD™ 7A :: 13° East
Launch of HOT BIRD™ 7A postponed to Thursday,
March 9, 2006
Following the postponement of the launch on Friday, February 24, 2006, Alcatel Alenia Space has performed a complete verification of the telemetry signal system of Eutelsat's HOT BIRD™ 7A satellite. As a result the satellite was confirmed to be in perfect health and ready for launch.
Furthermore, on Saturday, February 25, the disconnection of a cryogenic purging umbilical line between the launch table mast and the launch vehicle led Arianespace to roll back the launch vehicle to the Final Assembly Building for the change of the faulty connector.
The launch is now scheduled during the night of Thursday, March 9, 2006, as soon as possible within the following launch window:
7:06 p.m. - 8:13 p.m., Kourou, French Guiana
5:06 p.m. - 6:13 p.m., Washington , D.C.
22:06 - 23:13 GMT
23:06 - 00:13, Paris and Madrid.
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.
Sa speram ca de data asta va reusi!