Arianespace at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum
Arianespace was a very active participant in the 2010 Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum from June 17 to 19, attended by the Presidents of both France and Russia.
Arianespace Chairman & CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall (at left) and Anatoly Perminov, head of the Roscosmos Russian space agency, sign the agreement for up to 10 Soyuz launches to be performed from the Spaceport. Witnessing the agreement are French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev.
Invited by Russian Minister of Economic Development, Elvira Nabiullina, Arianespace participated in the Round Table discussion entitled: “Space Travel: an everyday business?” Arianespace, the world leader in launch services shared its analysis of the development outlook for the space sector, based on its vast experience.
A meeting bringing together French and Russian business leaders, as well as French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, reviewed the challenges of operating the Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega launches, while also discussing modernization and collaboration on innovation as the basis for a strategic partnership between France and Russia. Participants reviewed the contributions of space collaboration between France, Europe and Russia, as shown by the upcoming operation of the Soyuz launcher at the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.
The end of the meeting saw a concrete illustration of the commercial, industrial and economic potential of this project. Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, and Anatoly Perminov, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, signed an agreement that will allow Arianespace to order up to ten Soyuz launches to be performed from the Guiana Space Center, also witnessed by the two Presidents.
Arianespace is the world’s leading launch Service & Solutions company, providing innovation to its customers since 1980. Backed by 24 shareholders and the European Space Agency, Arianespace offers an unrivalled family of launchers, comprising Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega, and an international workforce renowned for a culture of commitment and excellence. As of June 1st 2010, Arianespace had launched a total of 279 payloads, including more than half of all the commercial satellites now in service worldwide. It has a backlog of 23 Ariane 5 and 17 Soyuz launches, equal to more than three years of business.