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March 24, 2010

Delay for Astra 3B

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by David Allen

The launch of the Ariane 5 mission, carrying a payload that includes the new Astra 3B and Comsat BW-2 satellite systems, has been delayed.

According to the launch system provider Arianespace, flight V194 has been postponed in order for the provider to ensure that the launcher is 100 per cent ready.

This basically means that Arianespace want to make double sure that nothing is going to go wrong on this launch, as a delay is nothing compared with the quality and reliability of a successful launch and deployment of the payloads.

In a statement from Arianespace, the launch, which is the first in 2020, will now take place on during the night of the 25th and 26th of March, from the Europe Spaceport in French Guiana.

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