Lauch of European rocket delayed 24 hours

4th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

KOUROU, French Guiana, May 4, 2007 (AFP) - The launch of a European heavy rocket to place two large broadcasting satellites in orbit was delayed by 24 hours on Thursday due to strong high-altitude winds, officials said.

KOUROU, French Guiana, May 4, 2007 (AFP) - The launch of a European heavy rocket to place two large broadcasting satellites in orbit was delayed by 24 hours on Thursday due to strong high-altitude winds, officials said.

The unfavourable weather for the 2229-2323 GMT launch window "lead us to decide not to launch tonight. We'll try again tomorrow (Friday) at the same time," said Jean-Yves Le Gall, chairman and CEO of Arianespace, the launch operator.

The Ariane-5 ECA rocket is set to lift the 4.5 tonne Astra 1L, providing high-definition TV over Europe for the Luxembourg-based firm SES Astra, and the 4.1-tonne Galaxy 17, which will provide TV and communications over North America for Intelsat.

The launch is be the 176th for Ariane and the 32nd involving an Ariane 5.


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