After weeks of delay Astra 3B was finally launched in the early hours of Saturday morning. The 50th mission of the Ariane 5 rocket took off from the Spaceport in French Guiana at 19.01 local time (0.01 CET). Ariane Flight V194 was originally scheduled for launch on March 24, but suffered successive delays after a […]
Arianespace’s Ariane 5 mission with the Astra 3B and ComsatBw-2 satellite payloads is on track for a liftoff on the evening of May 21st, following the heavy-lift vehicle’s rollout to the launch zone at the Spaceport in French Guiana yesterday morning.
The launch of the Astra 3B satellite has been rescheduled for May 21, after launch company Arianespace completed work on the Ariane 5 rocket’s troublesome helium pressurisation system.
The delayed launch of the Astra 3B satellite will not take place before mid-May, according to the latest report from French Guyana.
Following the technical difficulties occurring during preparations for Flight 194, Arianespace, in conjunction with its partners in the Ariane 5 programme, has decided to set up a Task Force and conduct a Quality Audit.
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s next mission has moved to the launch pad at Europe’s Spaceport, readying it for liftoff this Friday with the Astra 3B satellite on board.
Arianespace’s upcoming dual payload flight has been rescheduled to the evening of Friday, April 9 following additional checks performed on the launch vehicle at Europe’s Spaceport. The spacecraft will take the Astra 3B and ComsatBw-2 satellites into space.