March 31, 2011

Ariane Launch Delayed Due To Engine Malfunction

An Ariane rocket carrying two communications satellites, one for a UAE company and another for a South African company, had the launch aborted on Wednesday, Reuters is reporting. Launch officials only explained that the abort was due to a technical glitch with the rocket's main engine.

The attempted launch was from the European Space Agency's launch site in Kourou, French Guiana on the northeast coast of South America.

"We will now have to test and see why the abort took place and when liftoff will be possible," said Jean-Yves Le Gall, Arianespace president.

The Ariane 5 rocket was expected to first deploy the Yahsat Y1A for the Al Yah Satellite communications Company which would provide communication services for the government and business sectors in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and southwest Asia, Google News reports.

This was also to be the first Arianespace launch of a United Arab Emirates satellite.

The rocket also would carry the Intelsat New Dawn for Convergence Partners and Intelsat. It would join 21 other Intelsat satellites serving Africa.


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