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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 had 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.
In 2014, six launches of Ariane 5, four launches of Soyuz at CSG and one launch of Vega generated a turnover of 1,399 M€. Moreover, 14 satellite launch orders have been awarded to Arianespace.
Since its creation, Arianespace has signed contracts with 93 customers worldwide carrying out 221 Ariane launches, 37 Soyuz launches (11 at CSG and 26 at Baikonur via its subsidiary, Starsem) and the four 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 based on 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 successful launches out of 11); Soyuz is also operated at Baikonur with Starsem (26 commercial launches, all successful).
- The Vega light-weight launcher (four successful launches).
Capitalizing on its complete family of launchers with proven reliability and availability, Arianespace’s healthy order book currently has contracts with 35 different customers, equal to more than three years of business:
- 24 Ariane 5 launches for 40 satellites to be placed into geostationary transfer orbit (20 launches) and four dedicated launches.
- five Soyuz launches.
- 11 Vega launches, including 1 for ESA in the frame of the VEga Research and Technology Accompaniment (VERTA) program.
In 2015, at least twelve launches are planned to be performed at CSG: six launches of Ariane 5, three launches of Soyuz and three launches of Vega.
Based on 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: March 31, 2015)
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