ViaSat-1 satellite during the 2011 launch. Photo courtesy of ViaSat.

ViaSat-1 satellite during the 2011 launch. Photo courtesy of ViaSat.

The ViaSat-2 satellite will not go into space on its previously announced April 25 launch date because of civic unrest near the launch site in French Guiana, ViaSat Inc. confirmed April 4.

France-based Arianespace is handling the launch from the South American country. The satellite is secure, ViaSat representative said.

“The upcoming launch of ViaSat-2 will be delayed due to the current protests in French Guiana. A new date has not yet been determined,” read a statement released by the company.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and are working with our partners (Arianespace, Boeing and Eutelsat, our co-passenger) to understand the impact the local social movement will have on the ViaSat-2 launch schedule.

“We fully expect the French authorities will work toward a peaceful resolution with local protesters, enabling all satellite providers preparing for satellite launches from the Guiana Space Center the ability to launch within a reasonable timeframe.”

Space News reported that unrest is delaying five launches, including the ViaSat-2 launch. A different company that had shipped a satellite to French Guiana turned around and returned the satellite to France, Space News also reported.

ViaSat (Nasdaq: VSAT) is a $1.4 billion company based in Carlsbad.