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Arianespace confirms May 4 launch

Arianespace has confirmed that normality is returning to its work schedules following the month-long strike in French Guiana. Arianespace says that – weather permitting – it will launch two satellites on May 4th on its Flight 236.

The two spacecraft: SGDC for VISIONA Tecnologia Espacial S.A. on behalf of the Brazilian operator Telebras S.A., and Koreasat-7 for South Korean operator ktsat. SGDC has a lift-off mass estimated at 5,735 kg. and is the mission’s upper passenger. Riding in the lower passenger position is Koreasat-7, with a mass at lift-off of approximately 3,680 kg.

Both satellites were built by Thales Alenia Space.

The Brazilian satellite will go to 116 degrees East, while Koreasat-7 will end up at 116 degrees East.

The satellites have been held safely at the spaceport since a planned launch on March 21st was abandoned because of the labour strikes and roadblocks in place in French Guiana.

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