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Arianespace at Euroconsult

By SpaceRef Editor
September 8, 2004
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Arianespace at Euroconsult

Arianespace at Euroconsult


Evry, France, September 9, 2004- Arianespace confirms No. 1 position at 6th World Summit on the Space Transportation Business, organized by Euroconsult, underscoring its service offering for operators attending the event:

“Any mass, any orbit, any time.”

Top operators trust Arianespace

Arianespace underlined the competitiveness of its launch solutions by winning three high-profile contracts from operators DIRECTV and PanAmSat.

Arianespace has maintained its global leadership in geostationary satellite launches, against the backdrop of a market that has stabilized but remains limited.

Arianespace has inked seven launch contracts since the beginning of the year.  Moreover, its Starsem subsidiary signed two contracts with the European Space Agency (ESA) for launch of Galileo experimental satellites.

Record order book

At September 9, 2004, the company’s order book totaled 36 satellites to be launched by Arianespace and five by Starsem.  This gives it the largest order book in the launch services industry.

Ariane and Soyuz: the right solutions for all masses and all orbits

With the successful launch in July of the world’s largest communications satellite, Anik F2 for North American operator Telesat, Ariane 5 confirmed its technical and operational maturity.  In conjunction with Soyuz, the Ariane 5 launcher covers the complete array of mission needs.

Maximum flexibility

To address the requirements of a continually evolving market, Arianespace has conceived forward-looking solutions for its customers.  One of the company’s core assets is the ability to offer the services of two launch vehicles.  This strategy is bolstered by the Launch Services Alliance, which brings together Arianespace, Boeing Launch Services and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.  The result is a service unrivaled worldwide, allowing customer to benefit from maximum flexibility and guaranteeing the launch of their spacecraft exactly when they need it.

Sustained operations

Arianespace has a full operational schedule in the months ahead:

  •         2 Ariane 5 launches, including the next launch of the Ariane 5 ECA;
  •         1 Soyuz launch from Baikonur.

This will be followed in 2005 by:

  •         5 or 6 Ariane 5 launches;
  •         3 Soyuz launches from Baikonur.

About Arianespace

Arianespace is the leading global commercial launch services provider offering a family of vehicles able to launch any mass to any orbit.  Created in 1980 as the world’s first commercial space transportation company, Arianespace has signed contracts for the launch of more than 250 satellite payloads.  Arianespace is a member of the innovative Launch Services Alliance with Boeing Launch Services and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries that provides true mission assurance to satellite operators around the globe.  For further information, see the Arianespace Web site at


SpaceRef staff editor.