Launch date of MSG-3 reset to 5 July 2012
12 June 2012
Arianespace has announced that the launch date of the MSG-3 satellite from the European Spaceport in Kourou, originally foreseen for 19 June, has been reset to the evening of the 5 July 2012.
The delay is due to additional checks that were made on the EchoStar 17 telecommunication satellite, which is to be launched together with MSG-3 on the Ariane 5 ECA launcher.
MSG-3 has successfully passed a series of tests scheduled by ESA and industry and is ready to be fuelled.
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