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Bad weather hits Ariane triple launch

Arianespace has delayed its planned launch of 3 satellites on a single Ariane-5 rocket on August 14th, blaming bad weather. Arianespace says it is hoping that the weather conditions will have eased by August 15th. Timings are: Between 5:33 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. Washington, D.C. time, Between 6:33 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. Kourou, French Guiana […]

August 14, 2020

Arianespace confirms triple launch is go

Arianespace has confirmed that it will launch three satellites on a single Ariane-5 rocket on August 14th, subject to the usual weather conditions. Arianespace says its Flight VA253 – which will utilise an increased-lift Ariane 5 version – is a go for launch following an additional Launch Readiness Review (LRR) performed in French Guiana. This […]

August 13, 2020By Chris Forrester

Ariane triple launch now August 14

Arianespace plans on returning to its launch schedule on August 14th by taking 3 important satellites into orbit. Its former planned launch was scrubbed because of problems with a main cryogenic stage sensor which has been replaced. As this is written there is a possibility that the launch could take place on August 13th. “The […]

August 7, 2020By Chris Forrester

Ariane’s triple launch ready

Arianespace says it has given the green light for the launch of three satellites. Arianespace carried out its regular ‘launch readiness review’ on July 30th, and in preparation for a launch on July 31st during a 46-minute launch window opening at 6:30pm local time in French Guiana. Arianespace confirmed that the Ariane 5 launch vehicle […]

July 31, 2020By Chris Forrester

Arianespace triple launch delayed

Arianespace was due to launch three satellites today, July 28th. The launch has been postponed. Arianespace, in a statement, said that it was conducting additional technical checks within the fairing of its Ariane 5 rocket.  They stress that the 3 satellite payloads are in stable and safe conditions. Sources suggest that the first practical date […]

July 28, 2020By Chris Forrester

Arianespace ready to launch 3 satellites

Arianespace has confirmed that it will launch 3 geostationary satellites next week. The launch date/time is currently July 28th at 5.29pm local (French Guiana) time (21.29 UTC). The cargo manifest comprises 3 satellites: Japan’s BSAT-4b craft built by Maxar Technologies along with the Galaxy 30 satellite for Intelsat which will boost capacity for UHD television. […]

July 23, 2020By Chris Forrester

UK plan for OneWeb rival to Galileo in doubt

OneWeb, now in the process of being acquired by the British government and Indian telco giant Bharti Global, is going ahead with building satellites ahead of any decision to incorporate the UK’s plans for a rival global positioning system to rival Europe’s Galileo. OneWeb’s bankruptcy court permitted the British and Indian joint-venture, (called ‘BidCo 100’) […]

July 20, 2020

Ariane 6 suffers further delays

Arianespace has been planning and designing its Ariane 9 rocket for the best part of 10 years. It had been planned to launch a debut test flight this year. That plan is now subject to a severe delay. Arianespace now officially says that the new rocket will not fly until the second half of 2021, […]

July 13, 2020By Chris Forrester

Intelsat’s Galaxy-30 and a Rescue Tug ready for launch

Northrop Grumman has delivered two satellites to the Arianespace launch site in French Guiana. The two craft, a Galaxy 30 satellite as well as a second Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-2, aka as a ‘Space Tug’) will be launched later in July on an Ariane 5 rocket. Galaxy 30 is one of Intelsat’s third-generation satellites and […]

July 2, 2020

Ariane 6 launch slips again

Despite being up against fierce competition from the likes of SpaceX which is launching rockets with relentless frequency, Arianespace has again slipped the launch readiness date for its new Ariane 6 rocket. Originally promised for a mid-2020 debut test flight, that date has reportedly slipped to late next year. Ariane 6 is a much-needed replacement […]

June 9, 2020By Chris Forrester