Thanks for the info elcaOriginally Posted by elcathEUTELSAT’s HOT BIRD™ 7A SATELLITE LOFTED INTO SPACE
Eutelsat’s 21st Ariane launch, 16th Alcatel Alenia Space satellite
Paris, 12 March 2006
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced that its HOT BIRD™ 7A broadcast satellite has been successfully launched by an Ariane 5 ECA rocket from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Lift-off the Arian 5 launch vehlcle carying Eutelsat 4.1-tonne satellite tock place on march 11 at 19:32 time (23:32 GMT, 23:32 Paris, 04:32 Pakistan Time) The Satellite was saparated from the launch vehlcle at 23:04 GMT and frist telemetry reception was confirmed by the mass station in kenya..
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.