Ariane rocket launch postponed due to bad weather

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The launch of two communication satellites atop Europe's heavy-lift Ariane 5 was postponed again due to bad weather, the France-based Arianespace announced Friday.

"The launch of Arianespace Flight 203 has been postponed due to the unfavourable weather conditions over the launch pad in Kourou, French Guiana," Arianespace said in a brief statement issued around one hour before the scheduled launch window.

"Flight 203 will place into geostationary transfer orbit the ASTRA 1N and BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R telecommunications satellites," the statement added.

This is the second delay of Ariane 5 flight in 2011 after a halt during final countdown on July 2 for technical problems.

Arianespace then planned to lift off the two satellites Friday with the launch window opening at GMT 2153.

"Another launch date will be decided depending on the evolution of the weather conditions in Kourou," said the statement.

Xinhua

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