Service & Solutions
Arianespace was founded in 1980 as the world’s first satellite launch company. Today, it has 24 shareholders from 10 European countries (including the French space agency, CNES, with 34%, EADS Astrium with 30% and all European companies participating in the production of Ariane 5 launchers). Since its creation, Arianespace has signed contracts with 78 customers and launched 285 payloads, accounting for more than half of the commercial satellites now in service.
In 2009, the company’s sales totaled €1,029 million. On 01 July 2010, Arianespace had 327 employees, including 257 at the company’s headquarters in Evry near Paris, 58 at the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, launch site for Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega, and 12 at local offices in Washington D.C. (United States), Tokyo (Japan) and Singapore.
Arianespace offers launch service & solutions to satellite operators from around the world: both private companies and government agencies. The Arianespace family of launchers comprises:
- Ariane 5 heavy-lift launch vehicle, operated at the Guiana Space Center (53 launches, including 39 successful launches in a row).
- Soyuz medium launcher, which has been operated at Baikonur, Kazakhstan, since 1999 (22 commercial launches, all successful), and will be operated at the Guiana Space Center starting in 2011.
- Vega light launcher, which will be operated at the Guiana Space Center starting in 2011.
Launch services leadership
Capitalizing on its range of launchers with their proven reliability and availability, Arianespace wins more than half of the commercial launch contracts open to competition worldwide each year. This gives it a very healthy order book with 27 customers, including:
- 31 satellites to be launched into geostationary transfer orbit using Ariane 5 (10 new contracts signed in 2010),
- 6 government launches of Ariane 5 for servicing the International Space Station with the ATV cargo vessel,
- 17 dedicated Soyuz launches (6 new contracts signed in 2010).
Arianespace is continuing its steady launch rate in 2010 with 4 Ariane 5 launches already performed and 2 others scheduled, along with the preparations for the first Soyuz launch from the Guiana Space Center as well as Vega.
The technical performances of its launch vehicles and a substantial order book have made Arianespace the world leader in satellite launch services for the last several years.
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