• Flight 210 is the 52nd consecutive launch of the European launcher, and the sixth successful Ariane launch of 2012
• The next Ariane 5 launcher, which will achieve the seventh and final launch of the year, is already being integrated in Kourou
• Airbus Defence and Space is the prime contractor for Ariane 5, which, with this latest successful launch has further enhanced its reliability record
10 November 2012 - Ariane 5 has been successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana, for the 52nd time in a row, once again confirming the extraordinary reliability of the European launcher developed and built by Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space technology company.
The required performance for this, the 210th Ariane flight, was 9,215kg in geostationary transfer orbit, including 8,251 kg for the two satellites. The remaining weight was for Airbus Defence and Space’s SYLDA dual launch system and for the integration hardware.
The next Ariane 5 launcher, which will perform the seventh and final launch of the year, is in the process of being integrated at Kourou.
About Airbus Defence and Space
Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. In 2011, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover close to €5 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.
Airbus Defence and Space is the sole European company that covers the whole range of civil and defence space systems and services.
Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure; Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment; Airbus Defence and Space for comprehensive fixed and mobile end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security and broadcast satellite communications equipment and systems, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.
Airbus Defence and Space is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.
Jeremy Close (Airbus Defence and Space UK) Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 3872
Gregory Gavroy (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