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Corporate, Vega December 14, 2011

First launch contracts for Vega: Arianespace to launch two satellites in the Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 families

With preparations under way for the first launch of Europe’s new light launcher Vega from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, Arianespace has signed its first commercial launch Service & Solutions contracts for Vega with the European Space Agency (ESA), on behalf of the European Union. Arianespace will use Vega to launch two satellites […]

With preparations under way for the first launch of Europe’s new light launcher Vega from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, Arianespace has signed its first commercial launch Service & Solutions contracts for Vega with the European Space Agency (ESA), on behalf of the European Union. Arianespace will use Vega to launch two satellites in the Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 families, dedicated to Europe’s GMES program – Global Monitoring for Environment and Security.

This program is co-funded by ESA and the European Union. The launches are scheduled for 2014-2016, from the Guiana Space Center. The Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 satellites are optical observation spacecraft, operating from sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 800 km. Built by Astrium and Thales Alenia Space, respectively, they will each weigh about 1,200 kg at launch.

About Arianespace

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 December 13, 2011, Arianespace had launched a total of 298 payloads with Ariane launchers, had successfully launched the first Soyuz at the Guiana Space Center and was preparing the first launch of Vega. It has a backlog of 21 Ariane 5 and 17 Soyuz launches, equal to more than three years of business.

Premiers contrats pour Vega Arianespace lancera deux satellites des familles Sentinel-2 et Sentinel-3
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Corporate, Vega December 13, 2011

Arianespace selected to launch MEASAT-3b

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