Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space: 39th consecutive success for Ariane 5

Kourou, 28 October 2010 - Ariane 5, developed and built by Airbus Defence and Space, was successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana.


François Auque, Airbus Defence and Space CEO, warmly congratulated and thanked the Airbus Defence and Space teams based in French Guiana, France and Germany, “for this latest success that once again affirms the excellence and quality of the Ariane 5 ECA launcher. This launcher has risen to the challenge yet again by sending two telecommunications satellites into orbit”.


Ariane 5's next flight will carry the new generation HYLAS 1 satellite developed by Airbus Defence and Space for the satellite operator Avanti Communications. HYLAS 1 will supply high-speed broadband services to remote rural areas throughout Europe.



About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, 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 satellites and ground systems and Airbus Defence and Space for high value-added integrated solutions for secure satcoms and commercial networks, high-security satellite communications equipment, customised navigation and geo-information products and services worldwide.  


AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aeronautics, space, defence and related services. In 2009, the Group – including Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – yielded a turnover of €42.8 billion and employed over 119,000 people.



Press contacts:

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

Daniel Mosely (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                          Tel.: +44 (0) 1438 778180

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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