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ILS delays Intelsat-31 launch

The June 8th launch of Intelsat-31 satellite from Baikonur has been postponed for 24-hours.

International Launch Services, which manages the commercial use of the Russian Proton rocket system, says there was an “issue” with electrical ground system equipment at the launch site.

Intelsat-31, a giant 6.5 tonne satellite, was due to launch at in the early hours. Another attempt will be made on June 9th at 13.10pm (Kazakhstan-time).

When launched, Intelsat-31 will serve DirecTV’s clients in Latin America which has leased all the Ku-band capacity on the craft.

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