Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space: 40th consecutive success for Ariane 5

Kourou, 26 November 2010 - The Ariane 5 launch vehicle developed and manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space has been successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana.


Airbus Defence and Space CEO François Auque conveyed his warmest wishes to all of Airbus Defence and Space's teams and industrial partners, congratulating them for “this 40th consecutive success for Airbus Defence and Space since 2003, confirming yet again the excellence and quality of Ariane 5 ECA.”


The launcher placed two telecommunications satellites in orbit, including HYLAS 1, which was developed by Airbus Defence and Space for the satellite operator Avanti Communications. HYLAS 1 will provide all of Europe with high-speed rural broadband services that cover even the remotest areas.


The next launcher is already in Kourou – the third in less than three months to be supplied by Airbus Defence and Space to Arianespace, which is responsible for launch operations and marketing for Ariane 5. Airbus Defence and Space and its industrial partners meet the daily challenge of providing a completely reliable, qualified and tested launcher.  Another Ariane 5 is scheduled for takeoff before the end of the year.



About Airbus Defence and Space

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 comprehensive end-to-end value-added solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.


AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2009, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – 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