Astra 5B has officially gone live in the 31.5 degrees East orbital position over CEE, Russia and the CIS.
Ariane 5’s Flight VA216 has orbited two satellites, Astra 5B for SES and Amazonas 4A for Hispasat.
Following a 24-hour delay due to bad weather conditions, Ariane flight VA216 is now ready for lift-off tonight, March 22, at 7:04 pm local time in French Guiana (10.04pm GMT).
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 announced the timeframe for its initial three missions this year inclduing flight VA217 which will carry Astra 5D and Hispasat’s Amazonas 4A.
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.