Arianespace Flight VA218: launch postponed

May 26, 2014 16.26 Europe/London By Robert Briel

VA216-liftoff2-lrOptus Networks has informed Arianespace that its Optus 10 satellite, one of the two payloads being carried by Arianespace flight VA218, originally scheduled for June 6, requires additional verifications.

The Ariane 5 launch is therefore postponed and a new launch date will be announced as soon as possible.

Arianae Flight VA218 will also launch the Measat-3b satellite, which will serve for DTH services.

Optus 10 will be used for direct TV broadcast, internet connectivity, telephone and data transmission.