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Satélite Geoestacionário de Defesa e Comunicações Estratégicas (SGDC)
BrazilianSpace: Vídeo animação do funcionamento do Satélite Geoestacionário de Defesa e Comunicações Estratégicas (SGDC).

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Re: SGDC - Ariane-5 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #2 on: 11/27/2016 02:45 PM »
Launch planned on March 21,  2017
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Re: SGDC - Ariane-5 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #3 on: 01/17/2017 07:33 PM »
Brasil lança satélite que ficará inoperante no espaço
(Brazil will launch a satellite that will remain inactive in space)

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Re: SGDC - Ariane-5 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #4 on: 01/17/2017 09:43 PM »
Brasil lança satélite que ficará inoperante no espaço
(Brazil will launch a satellite that will remain inactive in space)
cheaper to store in orbit than on ground or programme has a problem???

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Re: SGDC - Ariane-5 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #5 on: 02/02/2017 08:03 PM »
http://www.arianespace.com/corporate-news/preparations-2017-launch-cadence/

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Also present at the Spaceport are Ariane 5 components for Flight VA236, which were delivered earlier this month by one of two sea-going roll-on/roll-off ships used for the transportation of launch vehicles from Europe to French Guiana. The launch of this Ariane 5 is scheduled for the second half of March with two telecommunications satellites that will be deployed into geostationary transfer orbit.
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Re: SGDC - Ariane-5 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #6 on: 02/02/2017 09:06 PM »
Aren't the satellites for the VA-236 mission SGDC 1 and Koreasat 7?
"Falcon 9 has landed. Landing operators, move into Procedure 11.100 on Recovery Net."

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Re: SGDC - Ariane-5 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #7 on: 02/11/2017 02:24 PM »
https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/worldwide/space/press-release/brazilian-sgdc-dual-use-communication-satellite-ready-be-shipped

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Cannes, February 3, 2017 – The dual use (civil and military) SGDC Geostationary Defense and Strategic Communications Satellite built by Thales Alenia Space for Brazil is ready to be shipped the Kourou launch pad in French Guyana to be launched by Ariane 5 rocket next March.

Image credit: Thales Alenia Space/Imag[IN]
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Re: SGDC - Ariane-5 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #8 on: 02/13/2017 07:38 PM »
https://twitter.com/Thales_Alenia_S/status/831163702233661442

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2 satellites built by @Thales_Alenia_S #SGDC & #Koreasat7 have just left #Nice to reach the #launch #pad #Antonov #CSG @Arianespace #Kourou

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Re: SGDC - Ariane-5 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #9 on: 02/15/2017 05:31 AM »
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Gearing up for #VA236: #SGDC satellite for #VISIONA & #Telebras has touched down in French Guiana for next month’s liftoff on #Ariane5 🇧🇷

https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/831668152245301248

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Re: SGDC - Ariane-5 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #10 on: 02/15/2017 05:33 AM »
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Say hello to #KOREASAT-7! This #VA236 payload for #ktsat is now in French Guiana, where it will be readied for #Ariane5 launch in March 🇰🇷

https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/831669071800320002

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Re: SGDC - Ariane-5 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #11 on: 02/15/2017 06:23 AM »
Now that we have confirmation that the second payload is Koreasat 7, I think the thread title can be updated.
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Re: SGDC and Koreasat-7 - Ariane-5 ECA - March 21, 2017
« Reply #12 on: 03/11/2017 05:05 PM »
Any new news?  Launch-10 days.
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Re: SGDC and Koreasat-7 - Ariane-5 ECA - March 21, 2017
« Reply #13 on: 03/11/2017 07:55 PM »
Any new news?  Launch-10 days.
everything is proceeding according to plan. There will be less processing news regarding SGDC since it is a military sat and the picture above of SGDC is showing only the civilian antenna side of the Spacecraft.

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Re: SGDC and Koreasat-7 - Ariane-5 ECA - March 21, 2017
« Reply #14 on: 03/12/2017 12:21 PM »

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Re: SGDC and Koreasat-7 - Ariane-5 ECA - March 21, 2017
« Reply #15 on: 03/13/2017 02:17 PM »
Any new news?  Launch-10 days.
everything is proceeding according to plan. There will be less processing news regarding SGDC since it is a military sat and the picture above of SGDC is showing only the civilian antenna side of the Spacecraft.
There also seems to be very little coverage or promotion of Koreasat-7.
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Re: SGDC and Koreasat-7 - Ariane-5 ECA - March 21, 2017
« Reply #16 on: 03/13/2017 09:30 PM »
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Payload integration is underway for @Arianespace’s #Ariane5 mission with #SGDC and #KOREASAT-7: bit.ly/2mkZ60Z #VA236

https://twitter.com/arianespace/status/841413740851580933

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Re: SGDC and Koreasat-7 - Ariane-5 ECA - March 21, 2017
« Reply #17 on: 03/14/2017 06:52 AM »
VA-236 launch sticker
(credit: CSG Facebook)

Note: a lot of pics of the VA-236 launch preps can be found on the CNES Twitter site
https://www.flickr.com/photos/cnes/albums/72157681361583205

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Re: Ariane-5 ECA VA236 - SGDC and Koreasat-7 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #18 on: 03/14/2017 10:02 AM »
launcher serial L589

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Re: Ariane-5 ECA VA236 - SGDC and Koreasat-7 - March 21, 2017
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Re: Ariane-5 ECA VA236 - SGDC and Koreasat-7 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #20 on: 03/14/2017 07:00 PM »

Arianespace to launch two telecom satellites for Brazil and South Korea


March 14, 2017 – For its fourth launch of the year, and the second Ariane 5 mission in 2017 from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, Arianespace will orbit two satellites: SGDC for VISIONA Tecnologia Espacial S.A. on behalf of the Brazilian operator Telebras S.A., and KOREASAT-7 for the South Korean operator ktsat.

 This mission, designated Flight VA236 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, will be the seventh all-Thales Alenia Space mission, as both satellites were built by this manufacturer.

 The launch will be from Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA 3) in Kourou, French Guiana.

 The Launch Readiness Review (LRR) will take place on Friday, March 17, 2017 in Kourou, to authorize the start of operations for the final countdown.


SGDC (Geostationary Satellite for Communications and Defense) is the first satellite for the operator Telebras S.A. to be launched by Arianespace, performed within the scope of a contract with SGDC prime contractor Visiona Tecnologia Espacial S.A.

 This Brazilian government program has three main objectives:
•Reduce Brazil’s digital divide by providing high-quality Internet services to 100% of the country territory as part of the National Broadband Plan
•Provide sovereign and secure means for Brazilian government and defense strategic communications
•Acquire critical technologies for the Brazilian space industry, enabling the industry to take increasingly important roles in the future Brazilian space programs.

Positioned at 75° West, with its 57 Ka- and X-band transponders, the SGDC is a multi-spot beam HTS (high-throughput satellite) capable of delivering more than 57 Gbps over the Brazilian territory.

 The SGDC will be operated and controlled by Telebras S.A., a Brazilian telecommunication company controlled by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication; and the Defense Ministry.

 As SGDC prime contractor, VISIONA Tecnologia Espacial S.A. is responsible for program management, overall system integration and end-to-end communication.

 SGDC was manufactured by Thales Alenia Space in Cannes, France using the reliable Spacebus 4000C4 platform.

 KOREASAT-7 is the third KOREASAT satellite to be launched by Arianespace for ktsat, following KOREASAT-3 and KOREASAT-6, launched in September 1999 and December 2010, respectively.

 ktsat, a wholly-owned subsidiary of KT Corp. – the largest telecom/media service provider in South Korea – is the country’s sole satellite service provider. Since the establishment of the Kumsan Satellite Center (Teleport) in 1970, ktsat has been the national leader in telecommunications and broadcasting services. It currently operates three satellites.

 KOREASAT-7 will provide a full range of video and data applications, including Internet access, direct-to-home broadcasting (DTH), government communications and connectivity for VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) networks.

 Positioned at 116° East, KOREASAT-7 is designed to provide higher throughput and extended coverage over Korea, the Philippines, the Indochinese Peninsula, India and Indonesia. Its added Ka-band capacity, with steerable beams, will enable it to meet increased demand.

 KOREASAT-7 was built by Thales Alenia Space in Toulouse and Cannes, France, using a Spacebus 4000B2 platform.

 For further information, download the Launch Kit by clicking here: http://www.arianespace.com/press-kits/

 To watch a live, high-speed online transmission of the launch (including commentary from the launch site in French and English), go to arianespace.com on March 21, 2017 starting 15 minutes before liftoff.

 You also can follow the launch live on your iPhone or iPad (the Arianespace HD app is free). 
 

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Re: Ariane-5 ECA VA236 - SGDC and Koreasat-7 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #21 on: 03/14/2017 07:06 PM »
March 13, 2017 

Payload integration underway for Arianespace’s Ariane 5 mission with the SGDC and KOREASAT-7 satellites


Maintaining Arianespace’s sustained launch pace in 2017, activity is continuing for the company’s next flight – an Ariane 5 dual-payload mission on March 21 with the SGDC and KOREASAT-7 telecommunications satellites, to be performed from the Spaceport in French Guiana.


The heavy-lift vehicle was delivered to Arianespace earlier this month by production prime contractor Airbus Safran Launchers, with the Ariane 5’s transfer from the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building – where it underwent the basic buildup – to the Final Assembly Building for integration of its two payloads.

In parallel, the two satellites have been progressing through their own pre-flight preparations, with both now in the Final Assembly Building. As the mission’s upper payload, SGDC was installed on Ariane 5’s SYLDA dispenser system, and then encapsulated in a long version of the launcher’s ogive-shaped payload fairing. Separately, KOREASAT-7 was integrated atop Ariane 5, to be followed by positioning of the SGDC/SYLDA/payload fairing combination atop it.

Flight VA236: Arianespace’s fourth mission in 2017

The Ariane 5 mission with SGDC and KOREASAT-7 will be Arianespace’s second flight during the month of March, and its fourth so far in 2017. Designated Flight VA236, it follows the year-opening launches of a lightweight Vega on March 6 with the Sentinel-2B Earth observation spacecraft, the February 14 mission using an Ariane 5 to orbit the SKY Brasil-1 and Telkom 3S relay satellites, and January 27’s launch of a medium-lift Soyuz to orbit the Hispasat 36W-1 telecommunications platform.

Both satellites for Flight VA236 were built by Thales Alenia Space, with the mission’s total payload lift performance set at 10,289 kg. to geostationary transfer orbit.

SGDC is the first Brazilian government satellite, as well as the initial spacecraft to be launched by Arianespace for Visiona Tecnologia Espacial S.A. – the SGDC prime contractor, responsible for the program management, overall system integration and end-to-end communication. This dual-use (civil and military) relay platform will enable the implementation of a secure satellite communications system for the Brazilian government and armed forces, while also reducing the digital divide in Brazil.

The SGDC spacecraft will be operated and controlled by Telebras, a Brazilian telecommunication company managed by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication.

Spacebus platforms for Flight VA236’s two satellite payloads

Based on the Spacebus 4000C4 platform, the SGDC platform carries 57 transponders in Ka- and X-band. It will have a liftoff mass estimated at 5,735 kg., and is to be positioned at an orbital slot of 75 deg. West.

The KOREASAT-7 passenger on Flight VA236 is designed to provide improved throughput and wider coverage over Korea, Philippines, Indochina, India, and Indonesia. Equipped with Ku-band and Ka-band transponders, it will have a liftoff mass of approximately 3,680 kg. and is built on an upgraded Spacebus 4000B2 platform. The satellite’s added steerable Ka-band capacity is designed to support further demand in relay services.

Once in its orbital slot of 116 deg. East, KOREASAT-7 will be operated by KT SAT – a wholly-owned subsidiary of KT Corp., which is the largest telecom/media service provider in South Korea and the country’s sole satellite service provider.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/va236-payload-integration/

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Re: Ariane-5 ECA VA236 - SGDC and Koreasat-7 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #22 on: 03/15/2017 03:31 AM »
Press kit says that launch is between 20:31 and 23:20 UTC.

SGDC mass is 5,735 kg.

Koreasat 7 mass is 3,680 kg.

Total payload mass is 10,289 kg.
« Last Edit: 03/15/2017 03:35 AM by Steven Pietrobon »
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Re: Ariane-5 ECA VA236 - SGDC and Koreasat-7 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #23 on: 03/16/2017 02:29 PM »
New (yesterday) Arianespace video about the flight:


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Re: Ariane-5 ECA VA236 - SGDC and Koreasat-7 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #24 on: 03/17/2017 12:09 PM »
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FRENCH GUIANA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
2115Z TO 0005Z COMMENCING DAILY 21 MAR THRU 22 APR
IN AREA BOUND BY
05-18.00N 052-47.40W, 05-22.35N 052-33.83W,
05-11.16N 052-24.63W, 05-09.00N 052-36.00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 230105Z APR 17.//

Authority: MARINE GUYANE 071324Z MAR 17.

Date: 160230Z MAR 17
Cancel: 23010500 Apr 17



WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
BRAZIL-NORTH COAST.
DNC 01.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
1930Z TO 0020Z COMMENCING DAILY 21 MAR THRU 22 APR
IN AREAS BOUND BY:
A. 05-27N 047-28W, 04-55N 047-29W,
04-56N 048-27W, 05-27N 048-27W.
B. 05-10N 045-31W, 04-54N 045-32W,
04-58N 047-15W, 05-14N 047-15W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 230120Z APR 17.//

Authority: FRENCH GUIANA 071324Z MAR 17.

Date: 160230Z MAR 17
Cancel: 23012000 Apr 17



EASTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
DNC 01.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
2124Z TO 0050Z COMMENCING DAILY 21 MAR THRU 22 APR
IN AREA BOUND BY
01-28N 002-13W, 00-19S 002-25W,
01-22N 017-17W, 03-10N 017-04W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 230150Z APR 17.//

Authority: MARINE GUYANE 071324Z MAR 17.

Date: 160230Z MAR 17
Cancel: 23015000 Apr 17



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Re: Ariane-5 ECA VA236 - SGDC and Koreasat-7 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #25 on: 03/17/2017 07:04 PM »
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#VA236 is a go! The launch readiness review clears #Ariane5 for liftoff, scheduled March 21 at 20:31 UTC #GOAriane5

https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/842827148679372800

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Re: Ariane-5 ECA VA236 - SGDC and Koreasat-7 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #26 on: 03/18/2017 06:49 AM »
March 17, 2017 

Ariane 5 is “go” for Arianespace’s March 21 mission with SGDC and KOREASAT-7

Arianespace’s dual-payload mission to orbit telecommunications satellites for Brazil and South Korea has been given the go-ahead for a March 21 liftoff from the Spaceport in French Guiana, carrying the SGDC and KOREASAT-7 relay platforms.

The approval came at the completion of today’s Launch Readiness Review, which confirmed the “go” status of Ariane 5, its two payloads, the Spaceport launch infrastructure and the network of flight trajectory tracking stations.

This confirmation followed the completion of Ariane 5’s integration inside the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building, performed under the responsibility of Arianespace.

For its fourth launch of the year, and the second heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission in 2017, the two passengers were built by Thales Alenia Space – marking the seventh time Arianespace has performed a dual-payload flight with both satellites built by this spacecraft manufacturer.

A 10-metric-ton payload for Ariane 5

Next week’s mission, designated Flight VA236 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, is scheduled during a launch window that opens at 5:31 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon – local time in Kourou, French Guiana – and extends to 8:20 p.m. (20:31-23:20, Universal Time, UTC).

The nominal duration of Flight VA236 from liftoff to separation of the satellites is 36 minutes, 46 seconds, with Ariane 5’s total payload lift performance on this mission to geostationary transfer orbit estimated at approximately 10,289 kg.

SGDC is the mission’s upper passenger and has a liftoff mass estimated at 5,735 kg., with KOREASAT-7 installed as the lower passenger with a mass at liftoff of approximately 3,680 kg.

Spacebus 4000-series platforms for both satellite payloads

Built with Thales Alenia Space’s Spacebus 4000C4 platform, SGDC (Geostationary Satellite for Communications and Defense) is the first satellite that Arianespace is launching for Telebras S.A., performed within the framework of a contract with SGDC prime contractor VISIONA Tecnologia Espacial S.A.

Operating from an orbital position of 75 deg. West with Ka- and X-band transponders, the dual-use SGDC will provide sovereign and secure means for Brazilian government and defense strategic communications, as well as high-quality Internet services to 100 percent of the Brazilian territory as part of the National Broadband Plan.

KOREASAT-7 was produced using a Thales Alenia Space Spacebus 4000B2 platform, and will be the third KOREASAT satellite launched by Arianespace for ktsat – a wholly-owned subsidiary of KT Corp., which is the largest telecommunications/media service provider in South Korea.

Once positioned at 116 deg. East, KOREASAT-7 will provide a full range of video and data applications, including Internet access, direct-to-home broadcasting (DTH), government communications and connectivity for VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) networks.  Its coverage area encompasses Korea, the Philippines, the Indochinese Peninsula, India and Indonesia.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/va236-launch-readiness-review/

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Re: Ariane-5 ECA VA236 - SGDC and Koreasat-7 - March 21, 2017
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Re: Ariane-5 ECA VA236 - SGDC and Koreasat-7 - March 21, 2017
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Re: Ariane-5 ECA VA236 - SGDC and Koreasat-7 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #30 on: 03/20/2017 08:34 PM »
From Arianespace:
Launch is delayed due to strike.

Arianespace VA236: Launch delay
Due to a social movement, it was not possible to carry out today’s scheduled transfer of the launch vehicle from the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building (BAF) to the launch zone.

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Re: Ariane-5 ECA VA236 - SGDC and Koreasat-7 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #31 on: 03/20/2017 08:45 PM »
stupid strikes. They cause more harm than help.
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Re: Ariane-5 ECA VA236 - SGDC and Koreasat-7 - March 21, 2017
« Reply #33 on: 03/21/2017 06:29 AM »
March 20, 2017 

Postponement of Ariane 5’s rollout with SGDC and KOREASAT-7

Today’s scheduled transfer of the Ariane 5 launch vehicle from its Final Assembly Building to the ELA-3 launch zone has been delayed by 24 hours due to a social movement at the Spaceport in French Guiana. This activity will take place on March 21 if the situation permits.


As a result, Arianespace’s Flight VA236 – which will deliver the SGDC and KOREASAT-7 satellites to geostationary transfer orbit – is now scheduled for liftoff on March 22 within the following launch window:
•Between 4:31 p.m. and 7:20 p.m., Washington D.C. time
•Between 5:31 p.m. and 8:20 p.m., Kourou time in French Guiana
•Between 5:31 p.m. and 8:20 p.m., Brasilia time
•Between 20:31 and 23:20, Universal Time (UTC)
•Between 21:31 p.m. and 00:20 p.m., Paris time during the night of March 22 to 23
•Between 5:31 a.m. and 8:20 a.m., Seoul Time, South Korea, on March 23

The launch vehicle, as well as its SGDC and KOREASAT-7 satellite payloads, have been placed in a stand-by mode and are being maintained in fully safe conditions.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/va236-rollout-postponed/

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No signs of the strike ending yet so another 24 hours slip for now:

Arianespace VA236: launch rescheduling

Continuation of the social movement in French Guiana has prevented the transfer of Ariane 5 to the launch zone today.

If the situation permits, the new launch date for Flight VA236 is anticipated on Thursday, March 23, as early as possible within the following launch window:

Between 4:31 p.m. and 7:20 p.m., Washington D.C. time
Between 5:31 p.m. and 8:20 p.m., Kourou time in French Guiana
Between 5:31 p.m. and 8:20 p.m., Brasilia time
Between 20:31 and 23:20, Universal Time (UTC)
Between 21:31 p.m. and 00:20 p.m., Paris time during the night of March 23 to 24
Between 5:31 a.m. and 8:20 a.m., Seoul Time, South Korea, on March 24.
The launch vehicle, with its SGDC and KOREASAT-7 satellite payloads, remain in a stand-by mode and are being maintained in fully safe conditions.

Arianespace Flight VA236 – which is scheduled to launch SGDC for Telebras S.A., performed within the framework of a contract with SGDC prime contractor VISIONA Tecnologia Espacial S.A.; and KOREASAT-7 for ktsat.
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No signs of the strike ending yet so another 24 hours slip for now:

Arianespace VA236: launch rescheduling

Continuation of the social movement in French Guiana has prevented the transfer of Ariane 5 to the launch zone today.

If the situation permits, the new launch date for Flight VA236 is anticipated on Thursday, March 23, as early as possible within the following launch window:

Between 4:31 p.m. and 7:20 p.m., Washington D.C. time
Between 5:31 p.m. and 8:20 p.m., Kourou time in French Guiana
Between 5:31 p.m. and 8:20 p.m., Brasilia time
Between 20:31 and 23:20, Universal Time (UTC)
Between 21:31 p.m. and 00:20 p.m., Paris time during the night of March 23 to 24
Between 5:31 a.m. and 8:20 a.m., Seoul Time, South Korea, on March 24.
The launch vehicle, with its SGDC and KOREASAT-7 satellite payloads, remain in a stand-by mode and are being maintained in fully safe conditions.

Arianespace Flight VA236 – which is scheduled to launch SGDC for Telebras S.A., performed within the framework of a contract with SGDC prime contractor VISIONA Tecnologia Espacial S.A.; and KOREASAT-7 for ktsat.
that is the problem with a commercial spaceport. If it was a French military installation this wouldn't even occur because the military personnel don't have the constitutional authority to go on strike.

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No signs of the strike ending yet so another 24 hours slip for now:

Arianespace VA236: launch rescheduling

Continuation of the social movement in French Guiana has prevented the transfer of Ariane 5 to the launch zone today.

If the situation permits, the new launch date for Flight VA236 is anticipated on Thursday, March 23, as early as possible within the following launch window:

Between 4:31 p.m. and 7:20 p.m., Washington D.C. time
Between 5:31 p.m. and 8:20 p.m., Kourou time in French Guiana
Between 5:31 p.m. and 8:20 p.m., Brasilia time
Between 20:31 and 23:20, Universal Time (UTC)
Between 21:31 p.m. and 00:20 p.m., Paris time during the night of March 23 to 24
Between 5:31 a.m. and 8:20 a.m., Seoul Time, South Korea, on March 24.
The launch vehicle, with its SGDC and KOREASAT-7 satellite payloads, remain in a stand-by mode and are being maintained in fully safe conditions.

Arianespace Flight VA236 – which is scheduled to launch SGDC for Telebras S.A., performed within the framework of a contract with SGDC prime contractor VISIONA Tecnologia Espacial S.A.; and KOREASAT-7 for ktsat.
that is the problem with a commercial spaceport. If it was a French military installation this wouldn't even occur because the military personnel don't have the constitutional authority to go on strike.
You bet. Even military-operated spaceports use a lot of contactors who can go on strike and block critical operations.
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Ah. A strike. Now Kourou really feels like France

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Ah. A strike. Now Kourou really feels like France

Because France has colonized French Guiana since 1503. They wanted to make that country like France since it's their territory.
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LIVE: Ariane-5 ECA VA236 - SGDC and Koreasat-7 - March 23, 2017
« Reply #39 on: 03/22/2017 01:37 AM »
I know. They just opened the first bridge between the EU and South America (that's how it's being called, seriously).
But it only feels like France with a real strike :)
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Update, still a mess, roll-out today currently doubtful
Ariane5 sits nicely in BAF so no issue yet (but problems getting people inside to run checks etc.)


(and yes strikes are pretty common in Kourou...just like in France...)

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Update, still a mess, roll-out today currently doubtful
Ariane5 sits nicely in BAF so no issue yet (but problems getting people inside to run checks etc.)


(and yes strikes are pretty common in Kourou...just like in France...)

Can someone do a rain dance and delay this one 24 hours. Asking for a friend. ;)


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Will these setbacks also delay the next flight(s)?

Next Soyuz was on a pretty tight schedule.

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DutchSpace‏ @DutchSpace 3m3 minutes ago

@pbdes more blockages now and just heard, no roll-out today, meaning no launch tomorrow.

https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/844516359258157056

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It may be worthwhile to note the reasons the strikers are wielding, and how the CSG situation is part of a much larger unrest in French Guyana. Not being familiar with the situation, I've taken this article as reference (in French):

http://la1ere.francetvinfo.fr/mouvements-sociaux-blocage-du-centre-spatial-pourquoi-guyane-connait-tres-vive-tension-455827.html

- The CSG-centric strike is led by the ENDEL workers, protesting in relation to the yearly collective accord negotiations. These are joined by the transporters' union UGTR, protesting against their foreseen reduced role in the spaceport with Ariane 6.

- Access roads were also blocked by EDF UTG (with general grievances about unemployment, local hiring, labor conditions, training and safety and the future of the energetic policy in the territory) and the Toukans (healthcare union, protesting mainly for the perspectives for Kourou's healthcenter).

- The "500 brothers against delinquency" (500 frères contre la délinquance) is an organization that, reportedly, protests and acts regularly against the insecurity conditions in French Guyana. They have joined the protests since Monday, after they boycotted Minister Ségolène Royal's visit last Friday.

- In parallel, agricultural unions are protesting the alleged non-payment of subsidies and EU aids.

Concerns about Arianespace's schedule delays have reportedly been alluded to at the negotiating table, given the insistence on moving the protests away from the areas critical to CSG operation have backlashed, and caused the strikers to harden their blockades there.
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Confirmation of no new launch date:

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Due to social movement, #VA236 launch will not occur this Thursday. New launch date ASAP. #Ariane5 & payloads are in safe, standby condition

https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/844706676108398593

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Brief Arianespace update:

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Ariane 5   March 23, 2017
Arianespace VA236: launch rescheduling

As the social movements does not allow the resumption of operations for the Ariane 5 launch scheduled for today, Thursday, March 23, Arianespace has decided to postpone the launch.

A new launch date will be announced as soon as possible.

The launch vehicle, with its SGDC and KOREASAT-7 satellite payloads, remain in a stand-by mode and are being maintained in fully safe conditions.

Arianespace Flight VA236 – which is scheduled to launch SGDC for Telebras S.A., performed within the framework of a contract with SGDC prime contractor VISIONA Tecnologia Espacial S.A.; and KOREASAT-7 for ktsat.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/arianespace-va236-launch-rescheduling/

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DutchSpace‏ @DutchSpace 3m3 minutes ago

Update on #Kourou : Local people are telling me no roll-out before Monday,would mean earliest possible launch on the 28th #VA236

https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/844924192655073281

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I'm told that the strike on the space base started originally with crews working on the ELA-4 project and expanded to the whole space base. Strikes were already under way well before in the French territory.

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It looks like the 28th has to be scratched as well:

Peter B. de Selding via Twitter
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The labor unrest in French Guiana, Europe's spaceport, is not improving. A general strike has been called for, starting Monday.
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/845716942556221441

and further info from @dutchspace:

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@AuerSusan @pbdes its a continuation of the strike, also, negation team on the ground, but word is strikers refuse to negotiate with them
https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/845718733595258881
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