Spainsat & Hotbird 7A

Launch Time
Sat Mar 11, 2006 22:33 UTC

Flight V170.


Ariane 5 ECA
Image Credit: Arianespace
Status: Retired
Price: $200.0 million
Liftoff Thrust: 15,120 kN
Payload to LEO: 21,000 kg
Payload to GTO: 10,500 kg
Stages: 2
Strap-ons: 2
Rocket Height: 53.0 m
Fairing Diameter: 5.4 m
Fairing Height: 17.0 m

Mission Details


Spainsat is a Spanish telecommunications satellite used for military and government communications. It allows telecommunications to the different missions of the Spanish Armed forces abroad by providing coverage on a wide area of the world ranging from the United States and South America to the Middle East, including Africa and Europe.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 3,683.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit

Hotbird 7A

Hot Bird is a group of satellites operated by Eutelsat, located at 13°E over the Equator (orbital position) and with a transmitting footprint over Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

Only digital radio and television channels are transmitted by the Hot Bird constellation, both free-to-air and encrypted. In addition, there are a few interactive and IP services.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 4,100.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


ELA-3, Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana, France



7th orbital launch attempt


158th mission
1st mission of 2006
151st successful mission
14th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

26th mission
1st mission of 2006
22nd successful mission
12th consecutive successful mission