Arianespace to carry out two launches for United Arab Emirates
Arianespace announced today that it has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space to launch two Falcon Eye satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO), using two Vega (or Soyuz) launchers from the Guiana Space Center. The launches are scheduled for 2018 and 2019.
These two high-performance Earth observation satellites are being built for the United Arab Emirates armed forces by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space.
Arianespace is the world’s leading satellite launch company, providing innovation to its customers since 1980. Backed by 20 shareholders and the European Space Agency, the company offers an international workforce renowned for a culture of commitment and excellence. Arianespace is the only operator in the world capable of launching any mass to any orbit from the Guiana Space Center. As of March 17, 2015, 221 Ariane launches, 36 Soyuz launches (10 at the Guiana Space Centre and 26 at Baikonur with Starsem) and four Vega launches have been performed. The company’s headquarters is in Evry, near Paris, and has local offices in Washington DC (United States), Tokyo (Japan) and Singapore.