Optus Networks has informed Arianespace that its Optus 10 satellite, one of the two payloads being carried by Arianespace flight VA218, originally scheduled for June 6, requires additional verifications.
The Ariane 5 launch is therefore postponed and a new launch date will be announced as soon as possible.
Arianae Flight VA218 will also launch the Measat-3b satellite, which will serve for DTH services.
“We are clearly disappointed with the delay and are currently in co-ordination with Arianespace on the rescheduling of the launch,” said Paul Brown-Kenyon, CEO, Measat Satellite Systems, in a statement.
“We will provide an update when we receive further information on the revised launch date.”
Optus 10 will be used for direct TV broadcast, internet connectivity, telephone and data transmission.