Sentinel launch on hold

Friday's planned launch of the Sentinel 1B earth-scanning satellite has been delayed.

"Given the weather conditions currently observed above the Guiana Space Center – and the forecast for the moment of liftoff – Arianespace decided to interrupt the final countdown and not initiate launcher fueling operations," the European Space Agency said in a statement.

"The launch vehicle and its payloads have been placed in stand-by mode, and maintained in fully safe conditions."

The satellite will work with Sentinel 1A, launched in 2014, to map the entire planet once every six days. The new launch is now scheduled for Saturday April 23 at 2102 UTC (1402 PT).

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