2008 - Focus on Ariane; 2009 - Focus on the Expanded Family
12:00 AM, January 7, 2009
Arianespace confirmed its position as the worlds leading launch Service & Solutions company in 2008, and is actively gearing up for 2009 with its expanded family of launchers.>> 2008: FOCUS ON ARIANE>> Since being founded in 1980, Arianespace has signed over 300 launch Service & Solutions contracts and launched 265 satellites for 70 customers more than half of all commercial satellites now in service worldwide.>> Arianespace continued its sustained launch rate in 2008, with one Soyuz and six Ariane 5 launches, boosting more than 70 metric tons of payload into orbit. With 28 successful launches in a row, Ariane 5 confirmed its technical maturity. It launched the Jules Verne ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) to the International Space Station last year, and also launched ten geostationary satellites, fully half of all those launched worldwide. In just 12 months, from August 2007 to August 2008, Arianespace carried out nine Ariane 5 launches, clearly illustrating its operational capabilities. The company logged approximately 950 million euros in consolidated sales for the year, and it should reach break-even or better for the sixth year in a row.>> Results were just as impressive in terms of orders. Winning 13 contracts out of a total of 18 open to competition, Arianespace clearly confirmed its world leadership. Furthermore, Arianespace was chosen to launch the entire Galileo constellation. As of January 1, 2009, Arianespace had a record backlog of orders, including 27 geostationary satellites, plus launches into other orbits: eight by Ariane 5 and seven by Soyuz. These figures do not include Galileo launches.
Astrium has won a contract worth more than €2 billion for 18 additional Ariane 5 ECA launchers with Thales selected to supply 23 electronic equipments for each launcher.
These latest Ariane 5 launchers, which follow...