Arianespace Flight VA216 / ASTRA 5B & Amazonas 4A Launch Readiness

The Launch Readiness Review (RAL) took place in Kourou on Wednesday March 19, 2014 and authorized count-down operations for the ASTRA 5B & Amazonas 4A launch.

On its second Ariane 5 launch of the year, Arianespace will orbit two telecommunications satellites: ASTRA 5B for the Luxembourg-based operator SES, and Amazonas 4A for the Spanish operator Hispasat.

Arianespace's selection by the world's leading satellite operators and manufacturers is clear international recognition of the company's excellence in launch services. Because of its proven reliability and availability, Arianespace continues to set the global standard in launch systems for all players, including national and international agencies, private and government operators.

It will be launched from the Ariane launch complex N° 3 (ELA3), in Kourou, French Guiana.

THE ARIANE 5 ECA LAUNCHER LIFT-OFF for this flight is scheduled on March 21 to 22, 2014 as soon as possible within the following launch window:

- KOUROU: Between 07:05 pm and 08:02 pm, on March 21, 2014

- TU: Between 10:05 pm and 11:02 pm, on March 21, 2014

- PARIS: Between 11:05 pm and 12:02 am, on March 21/22, 2014

- WASHINGTON: Between 06:05 pm and 07:02 pm, on March 21, 2014

Please follow SpaceRef on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.