Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space performs the 49th consecutive successful launch of Ariane 5

Flight 207 marks the 49th consecutive successful launch for the European launcher Ariane 5, for which Airbus Defence and Space is prime contractor

06 July 2012 – Ariane 5 has been successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana for the 49th consecutive time, confirming once again the unparalleled reliability of the European launcher developed and manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space, the European space industry leader.

For Flight 207, the required performance was 9.640 kg in geostationary orbit, including 8.137 kg for the satellites – EchoStar XVII and MSG-3 – and the remaining weight for Airbus Defence and Space’s SYLDA dual launch system.


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.



Press contacts:

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


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