Guiana Space Center suspends launch campaigns due to Covid-19

Arianespace has announced launch campaigns underway at the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in French Guiana have been suspended because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the need to fully implement the measures decided by the French government, the company said.

Launch preparations will resume as soon as allowed by health conditions.

This measure is designed to protect the health of employees and the local population, while also maintaining the security needed to prepare for scheduled launches.

Arianespace, French space agency CNES and all companies involved at CSG are currently overseeing operations to place launchers and satellites in safe standby condition, in line with standard procedures.

Arianespace has orbited more than 650 satellites since 1980, using its family of three launchers, Ariane, Soyuz and Vega, from launch sites in French Guiana (South America) and Baikonur (Central Asia). Arianespace is a subsidiary of ArianeGroup, which holds 74% of its share capital, with the balance held by 15 other shareholders from the European launcher industry.