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Double prime for Airbus Defence and Space on next Ariane launch

• Airbus Defence and Space is co-prime industrial contractor for the Arabsat 5C satellite
• Airbus Defence and Space is also the industrial prime contractor for the Ariane 5 launch vehicle

Kourou, 14 September 2011 – Scheduled for launch on 20 September, the Arabsat 5C satellite, for which Airbus Defence and Space is co-prime, has been fully fuelled and integrated with the Ariane 5 launch vehicle at the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Airbus Defence and Space, the number one company in Europe for space technologies, is also the industrial prime contractor for the Ariane 5 launch vehicle. The company coordinates the activities of around 60 companies across Europe, to deliver a fully integrated and tested launcher to Arianespace. The Ariane 5 ECA new-generation, high-power, dual launch vehicle can place satellites up to 10 tonnes into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).

Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space (TAS) are jointly responsible for building Arabsat 5C and delivering it in orbit. Airbus Defence and Space, the leading partner, supplied the Eurostar E3000 platform and then assembled and tested the spacecraft. TAS designed and built the communications payload featuring 26 active channels in C-band and wide band transponders over 10 spots in Ka-band. The team also upgraded the ground control segment for the extended Arabsat satellite fleet. The Launch and Early Orbit Phase will be conducted from the Airbus Defence and Space spacecraft control centre in Toulouse.

Arabsat 5C, a multi-mission satellite, will provide satellite capacity in both C-band and Ka-band frequencies at the Arabsat position 20°E for a wide range of satellite communications services. Based on Airbus Defence and Space’s highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform, Arabsat 5C has a launch mass of 4630 kg and a spacecraft power of 10kW at the end of its 15-year designed lifetime.


About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services.

In 2010, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €5 billion and more than 15,000 employees worldwide, mainly 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 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 2010, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000.

Press contacts:

Daniel Mosely (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                      Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 8180

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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