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EUTELSAT 3B satellite launch gets delayed

Sea Launch advises postponement after discrepancy during integrated launch vehicle processing

Eutelsat Communications has been advised by Sea Launch of a delay to the launch of EUTELSAT 3B. The satellite was planned to lift off on April 15.

Sea Launch confirmed in a statement that during the final “dry” roll-out phase of integrated launch vehicle processing in support of the EUTELSAT 3B mission, a discrepancy in the nominal movement of the cable-mast and the Zenit-2S launch vehicle lateral plate occurred while installing the integrated launch vehicle onto the launch pad.

A decision was made to demate the payload unit, which comprises the satellite, adapter and fairing, and the Block-DM-Sea Launch in order to resolve the discrepancy, establish the root cause and perform additional checks of the interface between the launch vehicle and ground support equipment connectors.

Once the above tasks have been completed, Sea Launch will advise Eutelsat of the updated schedule and launch day for EUTELSAT 3B.

The EUTELSAT 3B satellite was not powered on during the operation on the launch vehicle and was unaffected. It remains in a safe configuration.