Launch delayed for the Ariane 5 mission with EchoStar XVIII and BRIsat
The liftoff of Flight VA230 has been postponed following an anomaly that occurred prior to the Ariane 5’s roll-out to the launch zone in French Guiana.
During preparations for the transfer from the Final Assembly Building to the ELA-3 launch zone, the anomaly involved a fluid connector between the cryogenic upper stage and the launch table.
As a result, Arianespace has postponed Flight VA230’s liftoff, initially scheduled for June 8, to replace this component and perform the subsequent verifications. A new targeted launch date will be announced very soon.
The launch vehicle and its EchoStar XVIII and BRIsat satellite payloads are being maintained in fully safe conditions and in stand-by mode.