By rescheduling three launches after a one-month labor strike in French Guiana and thus maintaining its goal of 12 launches from Kourou this year, Arianespace may have turned a headache into a demonstration of flexibility and reliability. On April 22, Arianespace CEO Stephane Israel tweeted that the spaceport was “all open” and that operations would restart on April 24, meaning the last roadblock had disappeared. Within days, Ariane 5 mission VA236 was rescheduled to May 4 (from ...

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