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Ariane 5 August 13, 2020

Flight VA253 is delayed due to weather conditions at the Spaceport

Unfavorable wind conditions at altitude above the Spaceport in French Guiana has resulted in the decision to not initiate the final phase of launch preparation operations for Flight VA253.

The Ariane 5 launcher was transferred to the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch zone with its satellite payloads today, and is in stable, safe conditions.

Subject to favorable weather conditions, the soonest possible launch date for Flight VA253 is Saturday, August 15, as early as possible during the following launch window:

  • 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 time,
  • Between 21:33 and 22:20 Universal time (UTC),
  • Between 11:33 p.m. and 12:20 a.m. Paris time, in the night of August 15 to 16,
  • Between 06:33 a.m. and 07:20 a.m. Japan time, in the morning of August 16.

Flight VA253 will deploy three satellites into geostationary transfer orbit: Galaxy 30, the Mission Extension Vehicle-2 (MEV-2), and BSAT-4b.

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