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Technical hitch delays Ariane rocket launch

PARIS, March 26 (Reuters) - A technical problem has delayed the launch of an Ariane rocket scheduled to launch two satellites from French Guiana on Friday, the Arianespace company said.

“During final countdown operations for Flight 194 slated for today, an anomaly occurred in a launcher subsystem,” the company said in a statement.

“As a result, Arianespace has decided to replace this part, and thus to postpone the launch for a few days,” it said.

The Ariane-5 rocket had been scheduled to launch the ASTRA 3B satellite for Luxembourg-based SES-Global SESFd.PA and COMSATBw-2 for Germany's Ministry of Defence. (Reporting by Alexander Miles; editing by Andrew Roche)

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