Arianespace’s new Chairman and CEO meets U.S. customers and satellite manufacturers
Stéphane Israël’s initial American visit as Arianespace’s Chairman and CEO brought him in contact with U.S. customers and spacecraft manufacturers who represent an important segment of the company’s launch manifest during the next several years.
This month’s four-city trip took Israël from coast-to-coast for meetings with top executives at Intelsat, Boeing Satellite Systems, DIRECTV, Echostar and SSL.
“It was a great opportunity to dialog with the key U.S.-based players in both telecommunications and satellite production,” said Israël.
As part of the conversations, Israël underscored the value of Arianespace’s launch services – meeting customers’ mission requirements with the demonstrated reliability, capability and resources of its three-member launcher family: the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega.
During the discussions, he outlined mid-term (2015) improvements planned for Ariane 5, including the addition of up to two meters to its payload fairing’s height.
The additional fairing volume further increases Arianespace’s flexibility in matching up large and medium-sized passengers on Ariane 5’s traditional dual launches to geostationary transfer orbit, which carry satellites in the upper and lower positions of the launcher’s payload “stack.”
As part of Arianespace’s on-going policy of open communications, this month’s American tour will be followed up by other meetings with U.S. companies this fall.