Astra 1N ready for August 3
By Chris Forrester

The delayed Astra 1N satellite is now slated for launch on the evening of August 3 from the Kourou space centre in French Guiana.

Originally the satellite was planned to launch on July 1, but a last minute technical hitch brought the countdown to a halt. The anomaly was detected on a valve of the main Vulcan cryogenic stage during final countdown operations for Flight 203 resulting in Arianespace deciding to postpone the launch (as well as its co-passenger BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R satellite).