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> JOINT ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE PRESS RELEASE                                
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> Ariane 503: launch put back 24 hours
> 
> Hydrazine filling of the first tank in the attitude control system, on
> Wednesday 14 October at the Guiana Space Centre, took longer than
> expected, although the filling operation itself was completed.
> 
> In view of the pre-launch operations still to be carried out, the Ariane
> 503 launch has therefore been put back 24 hours.
> 
> The next key event, the Launch Readiness Review, will take place on 16
> October and will clear the way for rollout to the launch zone, now
> planned for Tuesday 20 October.
> 
> In view of the above, the launch is now planned for:
> 
> Wednesday 21 October:	launch window 13:00 to 14:30 local time or 16:00
> to 17:30 UT; 18:00 to 19:30 CET.
> 
> Ariane-5 is an ESA programme for which ESA has delegated management
> responsibility to CNES.
> 
> Flight 503, conducted under ESA responsibility, will be the last of the
> Ariane-5 qualification flights.  The launcher used will be the first
> production-series unit ordered by Arianespace from European industry.
> 
> Launch operations are managed by Arianespace at the ELA-3 launch site at
> the Guiana Space Centre, Europe's space port.
> 
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