Germany’s contribution to the Ariane launcher family’s success is being highlighted at the 2010 Berlin Air Show, where the country’s federal government has reconfirmed its support for Ariane’s long term viability.
Speaking at Arianespace’s traditional air show reception in Berlin, Arianespace Chairman & CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall said the involvement of German industry, as well as its space agencies and institutions, have enabled Ariane to become the benchmark for the commercial space lift sector.
A photo set of Ariane 5 liftoff images for Arianespace missions that orbited Germany’s COMSATBw-1 and COMSATBw-2 military communications satellites is presented by Chairman & CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall (at left) to Dr. Peter Hintze, the German Parliamentary State Secretary and coordinator of the federal government’s aerospace policy.
“With 194 launchers and the deployment of 279 satellites for 76 customers representing 101 countries, we are proud to be firmly at the forefront of the world market for launch services,” Le Gall said. “It is clear to us how much we owe to our German colleagues from the DLR [German space agency], Astrium, OHB System, MT Aerospace, Kayser Threde, RMT and others for such an achievement.”
He said 2009 was another strong year for the company, with seven Ariane 5 launches performed and Arianespace’s market share reaching more than 50 percent of the newly-signed launch services contracts on the commercial market.
“And with the eight new contracts already signed since the beginning of 2010 – representing four Ariane 5 launches – our commercial performance is sustaining the European industry’s workload and European leadership on the world market,” Le Gall added. “Arianespace and the European launcher sector are capitalizing on the largest order book, amounting to 4.5 billion euros. Already, one-quarter of this value is directly related to Soyuz launches from French Guiana, and this order book will be increased very soon with the addition of launches on Vega.”
Dr. Peter Hintze, the German Parliamentary State Secretary and coordinator of the federal government’s aerospace policy, called Ariane “a brilliant example of European cooperation,” and said Arianespace’s creation 30 years ago was a bold step that has continually demonstrated its value in commercial market leadership.
“On behalf of the federal government I want to congratulate Arianespace on its 30th anniversary, and on the 50th launch of Ariane 5,” he said. “Three decades in such a field as aerospace is almost an eternity. Over these 30 years, Europe has strived to get a hold on the stars, and during this time, Arianespace has become a key player in the global aerospace industry.”
Hintze added that despite current challenges for public funding, Europe’s launcher programs need to be supported. “Such investments will ensure future success, and they must be safeguarded,” he stated. “Ariane 5 is a true success story, and I would like to say on behalf of the German Federal Government, we see our role as a strong partner on this project – and we will be committed to it for the long term.”