Flight VA253: Ariane 5 – Galaxy 30/MEV-2/BSAT-4b – Launch targeted for August 15 due to weather cond


The Ariane 5 with its three satellite payloads for Flight VA253 was transferred today to the Guiana Space Center’s ELA-3 launch zone. However, due to currently unfavorable wind conditions at altitude above the Guiana Space Center, Arianespace has decided not to initiate the final phase of launch preparation operations. 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.

The Ariane 5 launch vehicle and the three satellite payloads: Galaxy 30; MEV-2 and BSAT-4b are in stable and safe conditions.

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