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Ariane 5 Flight 203 – mission successful

45th consecutive successful launch for Ariane 5

Ariane 5, the European launch vehicle developed and manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space, has been successfully launched from the European Spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana. On board were two communications satellites: Astra 1N, designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space for SES Astra, and satellite BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R.

This was the 45th consecutive successful launch for Ariane 5, and its fourth flight of 2011.

Airbus Defence and Space is single prime contractor for the Ariane 5 system, responsible for delivery of a fully assembled and tested launch vehicle to Arianespace, the commercial launch service provider. The company also supplies all the Ariane 5 stages, equipment bays, flight software and numerous sub-assemblies.

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