Two communications satellites launched
Ariane 5, developed and built by Airbus Defence and Space, launched from Kourou in French Guiana
The fourth Ariane 5 mission of 2013 has successfully launched two telecommunications satellites, EUTELSAT 25B/Es’hail 1 for the European operator Eutelsat and the Qatari operator Es’hailSat and the Indian satellite GSAT-7.
Airbus Defence and Space is the prime contractor of the Ariane 5 launchers. Airbus Defence and Space has been overseeing Ariane 5’s industrial network since 2003, covering more than 550 companies (more than 20% of them SMEs) in 12 European countries. Airbus Defence and Space also manages the entire industry supply chain, from the manufacture of equipment and stages to the complete integration of the launcher in French Guiana, in line with the customer’s specifications. Thanks to the expertise the company has acquired and the investments it has made in this near 10-year period, Ariane 5 has become the most reliable commercial launcher on the global market and has increased its geostationary orbit payload capacity by nearly one metric tonne. A flagship of European know-how, the Ariane 5 launcher has been specifically designed to carry heavy payloads into space.