It is labor unrest in a remote French protectorate on the edge of the Amazon rain forest, not technical bugs or a launch accident, that has kept the world’s most advanced commercial communications satellite parked on Earth. A widespread strike in French Guiana shut down Europe’s equatorial spaceport in Kourou, grounding the Ariane 5 and its payloads. But with the spaceport reopening, the delay should prove only a temporary pause in ViaSat’s efforts to prove that ...


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