Astrium Receives $217 Million Contract to Upgrade Ariane 5

Ariane 5
Ariane 5

ASTRIUM PRESS RELEASE

  • Astrium, industrial prime contractor for the European launcher, is to develop a new, more powerful version of Ariane 5
  • Ariane 5 ME will have a re-ignitable upper stage and be capable of launching payloads of up to 12 tonnes into orbit
  • Contract worth €150 million over two years

The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a contract with Astrium for the initial development phase of its programme to enhance the performance of the Ariane launch vehicle and make it even more competitive.

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Arianespace Marks 30 Years of Rocket Launches

Ariane 5
Ariane 5

ARIANESPACE PRESS RELEASE
3 December 2009

The 30th anniversary of Ariane’s first flight was celebrated tonight in Washington, D.C., where Arianespace Chairman & CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall underscored the importance of launch services maturity and continuity in today’s competitive marketplace.

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Soyuz Rockets Depart for South America Spaceport

Soyuz rocket
Soyuz rocket

ARIANESPACE PRESS RELEASE

The first two Soyuz launchers have left Russia for the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana (northern part of South America). The legendary Russian launcher will lift off from its new launch pad, now being completed, for the first time in 2010.

The two Soyuz launchers left St. Petersburg today aboard the MN Colibri, which is one of two ships used by Arianespace to transport Ariane launch vehicles from their European manufacturing sites to French Guiana.  The ship will arrive in a port near Kourou, French Guiana, in about two weeks.

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Interview: Arianespace, Inc. President Clayton Mowry

clayton_mowryThe Arianespace website has a Q&A interview with Clayton Mowry, president of the company’s North American affiliate. In the interview reproduced below, Mowry discussed the role of the Washington, DC-based company, the region’s future needs for space access, and the decision to bring Soyuz rockets to Kourou.

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Avanti Switches Launch from Falcon 9 to Ariane 5

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Avanti Secures $68 Million to Switch Launch Vehicles
Space News

Start-up broadband satellite operator Avanti Communications Group of London has raised some $68 million in cash from institutional investors and the British government to pay the additional costs it will incur in shifting the launch of its first satellite to an Ariane 5 or Soyuz rocket instead of a Falcon 9 vehicle operated by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), Avanti said….

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ESA Forks Over 100 Million Euros for Delayed Rocket Programs

ESA Invests 100 Million Euros in Delayed Soyuz, Vega Programs
Space News

The European Space Agency (ESA) has agreed to make supplemental investments of 100 million euros ($132 million) in the Soyuz and Vega rocket programs to take account of development delays but has not yet agreed to pay higher prices to launch ESA satellites aboard either rocket, ESA Launch Director Antonio Fabrizi said.

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Arianespace Nets $3.3 Million for 2008

ARIANESPACE PRESS RELEASE

Following the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 in Evry, France, Arianespace announced 2008 sales of 955.7 million euros [$1.27 billion], with net income of 2.5 million euros [$3.3 million].

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Arianespace to Market Indian Rockets

Not looking at Arianespace as a competitor: ISRO
Hindu News Service

Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman G Madhavan Nair on Monday said that European space consortium Arianespace would market home-grown rocket PSLV in Europe and maintained that ISRO does not see the latter as a long-term competitor.

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A Four Billion Euro Day for Arianespace

PRESS RELEASE

On Friday, January 30 at European Space Agency headquarters in Paris, Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arianespace, and Alain Charmeau, Chief Executive Officer of Astrium Space Transportation, signed a contract for the production of 35 Ariane 5 ECA launchers (designated the “PB” batch).

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