NORSAT-1 Launch Postponed Due to Faulty Bracket Provided by Arianespace
The launch of NORSAT-1 from French Guiana has been cancelled by Arianespace in agreement with the Norwegian Space Centre (NSC) and UTIAS/SFL. The cancellation is due to an incompatibility between the satellite and the launcher supporting structure provided by Arianespace.
Both the satellite and XPOD were ready for launch, but the bracket provided by Arianespace was not properly designed. It was concluded that it is unsafe to proceed with the launch with the current bracket structure.
“This is unfortunate news considering the fantastic effort made by both SFL and NSC to be on this launch,” says Dr. Robert Zee, Director, SFL.
“Everything was ready to go and we were all excited to see NORSAT-1 fly in a desirable orbit and having synergies with other satellites on the launch. But both NSC and SFL agree that it is better to protect the satellite and its XPOD for a subsequent launch opportunity.”
At present the Norwegian Space Centre is working with Arianespace and others to find suitable launch opportunities as soon as possible, with a target of later this year.