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.