Satellite operator SES is going to have to wait an extra day for the launch of its extremely important SES-5 craft. Originally scheduled for tonight (June 19/20) it has slipped 24 hours because of “technical problems” with the 58m high Proton/M launch rocket. The satellite is fine.
The launch will now take place on the ‘shortest’ night of the year, June 21st, at 12.24am Kazakhstan time (20.24 Luxembourg-time on June 20). SES-5 is scheduled to be placed into an orbital slot at 5 degrees East.
SES-5 is a comprehensively-equipped satellite, carrying 24-C-band transponders, 36 Ku-band transponders, as well as an L-band payload for the European Space Agency.