While Arianespace has launch issues, no matter how minor they are, these issues are damaging to the project.
It seems that SES is looking to steal the limelight by launching its SES 1 satellite on board the Proton Rocket at the weekend.
The launch of the Proton rocket is scheduled for the 24th April from the cosmodrome in Baikonour at 11.19 GMT.
In the hope that the launch will go off without a hitch, it will be shown live on the International Launch Services (ILS) website, and coverage will start around twenty minutes before the launch.
The SES 1 is expected to have an estimated life of fifteen years and will be replacing the AMC 2 and AMC 4 satellites already in orbit on the 101 degrees west path.