Kourou, February 24, 2006. The launch of Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD™ 7A satellite, which was planned for February 24, 2006, has been postponed.  At the request of Alcatel Alenia Space, a  verification of the telemetry circuit is ongoing. 

Arianespace has therefore decided to postpone the launch with the HOT BIRDTM 7A and SPAINSAT payloads. A new launch date will be determined in the next few hours.