Astrium performs the 49th consecutive successful launch of Ariane 5
Flight 207 marks the 49th consecutive successful launch for the European launcher Ariane 5, for which Astrium is prime contractor
06 July 2012
Ariane 5 has been successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana for the 49th consecutive time, confirming once again the unparalleled reliability of the European launcher developed and manufactured by Astrium, the European space industry leader.
For Flight 207, the required performance was 9.640 kg in geostationary orbit, including 8.137 kg for the satellites – EchoStar XVII and MSG-3 – and the remaining weight for Astrium’s SYLDA dual launch system.
Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. In 2011, Astrium had a turnover close to €5 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.
Astrium is the sole European company that covers the whole range of civil and defence space systems and services.
Its three business units are: Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure; Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment; Astrium Services for comprehensive fixed and mobile end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security and broadcast satellite communications equipment and systems, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.
Astrium is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.