Arianespace was in the holiday spirit, as Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël recognized the company’s U.S. customers and partners during its annual year-end event in Washington, D.C.
Hosted at the Powerhouse event facility, this traditional family gathering was attended by Arianespace customers, partners, industry managers and government officials, along with other members of the U.S. and international space communities.
Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël addresses attendees of the company’s holiday party held at Washington, D.C.’s Powerhouse, a historic power generating facility near the old Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal, which has been converted for event use.
Israël made his first appearance at this annual event as Arianespace’s Chairman and CEO, underscoring the company’s 30-year relationship with the U.S. satellite industry, as well as the company’s initiatives to deliver lower costs and increased space access for customers.
Arianespace relationship with the U.S. has continued to grow this year, with the Soyuz launch of the first four satellites this June for O3b Networks – which originated in the U.S. – while long-standing partnerships such as DIRECTV, EchoStar and Intelsat continued to move forward.
“Our connections from space improve the quality of life for everyone on the planet. We are humbled to be able to play a role in the story of O3b,” Israël told the audience. “We are also grateful for the other relationships we enjoy with so many American satellite companies and manufacturers.”
Arianespace has also played a key role in orbiting first satellites for U.S. operators such as Intelsat, PanAmSat, DIRECTV, Hughes Network Systems, EchoStar, Globalstar and WildBlue, in addition to O3b Networks.
To continue these strong relationships with customers, Israël further underscored the company’s recently-approved increase for the Ariane 5’s payload fairing volume, which will add up to two meters in height, as well as the decreased time between missions resulting from the company’s complete family of launchers – Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega – all operating from French Guiana.