Arianespace at Satellite 2012
Washington, D.C., March 14, 2012
At Satellite 2012, from Monday, March 12 to Thursday, March 15, in Washington, D.C., Arianespace reaffirms its position as the benchmark commercial launch services provider for the world’s leading satellite manufacturers and operators.
During this industry landmark event, bringing together operators, manufacturers and service providers from throughout the space sector, Arianespace, the world's first commercial launch service company, continues to confirm its world leadership.
Since being founded, Arianespace has signed more than 350 launch contracts with 78 different customers. It has carried out 204 Ariane launches, orbiting 298 payloads, including more than half of the commercial satellites now in orbit worldwide, along with 26 Soyuz launches, 24 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan via its Euro-Russian subsidiary Starsem, and two from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. Earlier this year Arianespace also carried out the first launch of Europe's new light launcher, Vega.
A record backlog of orders
Drawing on a complete range of launch vehicles, with proven reliability and availability, Arianespace wins more than half of the commercial launch contracts open to competitive bidding on the international market every year. This gives it a very healthy backlog of launch orders.
Arianespace has signed two new launch service contracts at Satellite 2012, to orbit Jabiru-1 satellites for the Australian operator NewSat, and Eutelsat 25B/Es'hailSat 1 for the operator Eutelsat and its Qatari partner Es-hailSat.
Since the beginning of the year, Arianespace has already signed the contract for a dedicated Ariane 5 launch of four satellites in Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system, and three launch contracts for communications satellites.
Arianespace’s backlog now stands at 4.7 billion euros, from 29 customers, including 33 satellites to be launched by Ariane 5 into geostationary orbit, seven dedicated Ariane 5 missions, 15 Soyuz launches and two launches by the new Vega rocket.
Arianespace to the power of 3
Arianespace opened a new chapter in the history of space on October 21, 2011, with the first launch of the legendary Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Center. On February 13, 2012, Europe's space industry celebrated the successful first launch of its new light launcher, Vega.
With Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega now operating from a single launch site, the Guiana Space Center, Arianespace is the only launch services provider in the world capable of launching all payloads to all orbits, including communications, science and Earth observation satellites, constellations and spacecraft serving the International Space Station.
Arianespace is planning six or seven Ariane 5 launches in 2012. The next mission is scheduled for March 23, and will send the third ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle), Edoardo Amaldi, to the International Space Station with fresh supplies. Five Soyuz launches are also scheduled in 2012, three from the Guiana Space Center and two from Baikonur.
Arianespace is the world’s leading launch service & solutions company, providing innovation to its customers since 1980. Backed by 21 shareholders and the European Space Agency, Arianespace offers an international workforce renowned for a culture of commitment and excellence. As of 14 March 2012, Arianespace had performed 204 Ariane launches (298 payloads), 26 Soyuz launches (24 at Baikonur with Starsem and 2 at the Guiana Space Center) and the first launch of Vega. It has a backlog of 24 Ariane 5, 15 Soyuz and 2 Vega launches, equal to more than three years of business.
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