Arabsat 5A launched after three-day hold-up

Fault identified during final countdown delays scheduled take-off.
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Arabsat 5A was successfully launched on Saturday June 26, three days after the scheduled take-off.

Launch service provider Arianespace discovered the fault during the final countdown.

According to Arianespace, it “postponed its Ariane 5 flight with the Arabsat 5A and COMS satellite payloads following a pressurisation anomaly involving the launcher’s main cryogenic stage during today’s final countdown. The launch vehicle and its two spacecraft passengers were immediately placed in stand-by mode and are being maintained in fully safe conditions.”

The launch-craft was cleared for take-off and successfully deployed Arabsat 5A on Saturday.

The event marked the 25-year relationship between Arianespace and Arabsat.

Arianespace’s next mission on August 3 will be the launch of Nilesat 201.

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