Airbus Defence and Space

50th Ariane 5 launch is a success

Paris, 22 May 2010 - Ariane 5, developed and built by Airbus Defence and Space, enjoyed its 50th launch from Kourou in French Guyana at 00h35 (Paris time). François Auque, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, congratulated and thanked all concerned “for this 36th successful launch in a row, which once again demonstrates the reliability of this Airbus Defence and Space-built launcher.”


It is precisely this reliability that is the focus of attention for the teams at Airbus Defence and Space. Following the recent launch postponements, Alain Charmeau, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, together with his industrial partners, launched an independent audit of the propulsion system equipment in order to confirm the robustness of the industrial production chain. Airbus Defence and Space is responsible for the entire industrial chain and therefore has the obligation of supplying its customer with a launcher of optimum reliability.


“The independent audit is a continuation of the previous steps we have taken in this area, notably with regard to the electrical equipments,” explained Alain Charmeau. “This will ensure the reliability of the launcher in the long-term. The initial conclusions are expected by late June 2010. The final report will be submitted before the end of October 2010.”


Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2009, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.8 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment and Airbus Defence and Space for the development and provision of secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, geo-information products and services, and navigation services.

AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2009, AIRBUS Group generated revenues of €42.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119, 000.


Press contacts:

Daniel Mosely (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                   Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 8180

Matthieu Duvelleroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR)                           Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32

Ralph Heinrich (Airbus Defence and Space GER)                                Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 33971

Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP)                              Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41


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