Arianespace’s employees are key to the company’s success as the world leader in commercial launch services. The wide range of skills required for operating Arianespace’s launcher family is highlighted in interviews with the following team members:
- Alexandre Masse: Electrical assistant
- Johanna Halimi: Electrical systems engineer
- Christophe Melin: Specialist for the Ariane 5’s EPS upper stage
- Martin Bourdel: Specialist for Ariane 5 flight guidance, navigation and control
Alexandre Masse, who is Arianespace’s electrical assistant for Ariane 5 and Vega, provides insight on his role in the company’s launch operations from French Guiana. In addition, Masse highlights the diverse activities performed by Arianespace teams around the world.
The variety of her work – which spans the launch sites for Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega, along with their multiple nationalities involved – is one of the job advantages for Johanna Halimi. She describes her responsibilities, and provides a look at preparations for an Ariane 5 mission.
Christophe Melin discusses his role as an operational manager for the EPS storable propellant upper stage, which is used on Ariane 5 ES launcher versions in such missions as orbiting Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) to service the International Space Station.
The proper operation of electronic systems for guidance and control during an Ariane 5 flight is the responsibility of Arianespace’s Martin Bourdel. In this video, he explains how a launcher’s electronics function like a human’s brain, nervous system, muscles and ears for an Ariane 5 during its mission.