• Airbus Defence and Space is prime contractor for the Ariane 5 ECA launcher that will shortly deliver the Astra 2F and GSAT 10 satellites into orbit
• Airbus Defence and Space is also prime contractor for the Astra 2F satellite, ordered by satellite operator SES
• Astra 2F is the fifth Eurostar satellite Airbus Defence and Space has built for SES and the first of a combined order for four satellites
24 September 2012 - Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space technology company, is prime contractor for both the Ariane 5 launcher and the Astra 2F satellite scheduled for launch from the European Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, on 28 September.
Airbus Defence and Space is prime contractor of Ariane 5, the heavy-lift European launcher designed and built to carry out the widest range of missions and which has proved its reliability by achieving 50 consecutive successful launches already. On this particular launch, the ECA version of the Ariane 5 launcher will deliver two telecommunications satellites with a total weight of 10,179 kg, including the adapters and the SYLDA dual launch system.
The Ariane 5 launcher is manufactured and adapted to the specific characteristics of each mission by Airbus Defence and Space, its prime contractor. Positioned at the head of a highly qualified European logistics chain, Airbus Defence and Space builds the equipment and stages and integrates them at Kourou. The launcher’s main components are the cryogenic main stage (EPC) and its Vulcain 2 engine, the solid boosters, the cryogenic upper stage (ESC-A) and its HM7B engine, and the equipment bay.
The Astra 2F telecommunications satellite is the 28th Eurostar E3000 satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space and the first in a series of four satellites ordered together from the company in late 2009. The next satellite, Astra 2E, has been integrated and is undergoing its final tests at Airbus Defence and Space’s Toulouse site, while the following two, Astra 5B and Astra 2G, are in the process of being built, as is SES-6, a fifth satellite ordered by SES from Airbus Defence and Space.
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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 51 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