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Arianespace at a glance
Arianespace was founded in 1980 as the world’s first commercial satellite launch company. Its shareholders include Airbus Safran Launchers, the French space agency CNES, and all European space companies, representing 10 European countries.
As of January 1, 2015, the company has 329 employees, at corporate headquarters in Evry, at the Guiana Space Center (CSG) - launch site for Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega - and at local offices in Washington DC, Singapore and Tokyo.
Since its creation, Arianespace has signed contracts with 90 customers worldwide has carried out 221 Ariane launches, 36 Soyuz launches (10 at CSG and 26 at Baikonur via its subsidiary, Starsem) and the three first launches of Vega. More than half of the commercial satellites in service today were launched by Arianespace.
Arianespace provides launch services to commercial satellite operators and government space agencies around the globe with a complete family of launchers:
- The Ariane 5 heavy-lift launch vehicle (77 launches to date, including 63 successful missions in a row).
- The Soyuz medium-size launcher (10 launches to date, including nine successful missions); Soyuz is also operated at Baikonur with affiliate Starsem (26 commercial launches, all successful).
- The Vega light-weight launcher (three successful launches).
Capitalizing on its complete family of launchers with their proven reliability and availability, Arianespace wins more than half of the commercial launch contracts open to competition worldwide each year. Arianespace’s healthy order book currently has contracts with 29 different customers, equal to more than three years of business:
- 22 Ariane 5 launches for 35 satellites to be placed into geostationary transfer orbit (18 launches) and 4 dedicated launches.
- Six Soyuz launches.
- Nine Vega launches, including 3 for ESA in the frame of the VEga Research and Technology Accompaniment (VERTA) program.
In 2014 eleven launches were performed at CSG: six launches of Ariane 5, four launches of Soyuz and one launch of Vega. Moreover, during this year Arianespace signed 14 satellite launch orders which rebalanced the order book, and represents three years of guaranteed business.
For the record, in 2013, four launches of Ariane 5, two launches of Soyuz at CSG and one launch of Vega generated a turnover of 989 M€. 19 satellite launch orders were awarded to Arianespace.
Based on an impressive launch performance and a large backlog of orders, Arianespace is the world’s leading launch company, capturing much more than 50% of the commercial satellite launch market year after year.
Arianespace’s shareholders are represented by the Board of Directors. Stéphane Israël is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Louis Laurent is Senior Vice President, Programs, Thomas Hundt is Senior Vice President, Finance, and Jacques Breton is Senior Vice President, Sales & Customers.
(As of: January 6, 2015)
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