The launch campaigns that were underway at the Guiana Space Center (Centre spatial guyanais, CSG) in French Guiana have been suspended due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Arianespace announced.
“Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the need to fully implement the measures decided by the French government, launch campaigns underway at the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in French Guiana have been suspended”, said a statement released on March 16.
These launch preparations will resume as soon as allowed by health conditions, the statement added.
“This exceptional 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.”