High winds at ground level prevented today’s transfer of the Ariane 5 launcher for Arianespace’s Flight VA216 mission with Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A, resulting in a 24-hour postponement of this mission from the Spaceport in French Guiana.
Arianespace’s second Ariane 5 flight of 2014 has been approved for its March 21 liftoff following a successful launch readiness review, which was performed at the Spaceport in French Guiana.
The Astra 5B satellite, one of two passengers for Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 mission, has been delivered to the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building, marking a step in payload integration.
Arianespace has said that the Ariane Flight VA216 launch with Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A on board, is postponed.
Arianespace has informed SES that the launch of the Astra 5B satellite will be delayed to January 2014.
Arianespace has set the launch date for the Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A satellites on December 6.
Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 for launch in December 2013 is now set to receive the Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A payloads.
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s next dual-payload heavy-lift mission has begun its assembly at the Spaceport for a mid-December launch with satellites from SES and Hispasat.
In its fourth launch of the year Arianespace successfully launched Eutelsat 25B/Es’hail 1, together with India’s G-Sat 7.
Arianespace’s fourth Ariane 5 mission of 2013 has been approved for liftoff on Thursday, August 29, with two communications satellites to provide relay coverage over the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, along with the Indian land mass.