Arianespace signs frame contract with ESA for the procurement of launch services for European Space Agency missions
On April 26, 2018 at the ILA Berlin 2018 air show, Arianespace, represented by its Chief Executive Officer, Stéphane Israël, and the European Space Agency (ESA), represented by its Director General, Jan Wörner, signed a frame contract defining procedures for the procurement of launch services by ESA, especially for its own missions.
This contractual framework confirms ESA’s commitment to European launch vehicles, in line with the principles endorsed by Member States during the Ministerial-level Council meeting in Luxembourg in 2014. This contract applies to all launchers in the Arianespace family, both current (Ariane 5, Soyuz, Vega) and future (Ariane 6 and Vega C). It also defines all services to be provided by Arianespace to carry out these launches.
The European Commission – who already entrusted Ariane 6 with two Galileo mission in 2020 and 2021 – is expected to make a similar commitment, as are other European institutional actors, especially national ones.
Following the contract signing, Jan Wörner said, “With the signature of this contract, ESA aims at giving Arianespace the appropriate framework to continue to operate their launcher family under the best conditions, and as such, contributes to further strengthening a solid cooperation between ESA and the European space transportation industry.”
Stéphane Israël added, “Arianespace is delighted with this latest mark of ESA’s commitment to these launchers, fully in line with the decisions made at the Ministerial-level Council meeting in Luxembourg in 2014. Having already launched 67 satellites for ESA, which became the first launch customer for Ariane 6 in September 2017, Arianespace is honored to reaffirm our commitment to guarantee reliable and independent access to space for Europe. This frame contract marks a major step forward in ESA and European institutions’ full-fledged support for Ariane 6 and Vega C.”
Arianespace uses space to make life better on Earth by providing launch services for all types of satellites into all orbits. It has orbited more than 570 satellites since 1980, using its family of three launchers, Ariane, Soyuz and Vega, from launch sites in French Guiana (South America) and Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Arianespace is headquartered in Evry, near Paris, and has a technical facility at the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, plus local offices in Washington, D.C., Tokyo and Singapore. Arianespace is a subsidiary of ArianeGroup, which holds 74% of its share capital, with the balance held by 17 other shareholders from the European launcher industry.