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March 24, 2017
Satellite launch shelved over strikes
Paris (AFP) March 23, 2017
After three days of delays caused by worker strikes in French Guiana, rocket firm Arianespace opted Thursday to postpone indefinitely the launch of satellites for South Korean and Brazilian clients. At first scheduled for Tuesday, then the two following days, launch operators finally gave up and announced Thursday that the Ariane 5 rocket will remain grounded until further notice. The launch will not be rescheduled "until the labour situation is resolved," Didier Faivre, director of Europe's Gui ... read more

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