37th consecutive successful launch under Airbus Defence and Space‘s prime contractorship
Kourou, 26 June 2010 – Following the second successful Ariane 5 launch this year – six satellites built by Airbus Defence and Spacehave now been launched within a month: COMSATBw-2 and ASTRA 3B on 21 May, Arabsat 5B by a Proton launcher on 4 June, TanDEM-X by Dnepr on 21 June and now Arabsat 5A and COMS by Ariane 5 tonight.
The six satellites include three commercial communications satellites (Arabsat 5A & 5B, and ASTRA 3B), a military communications satellite (COMSATBw-2) and two Earth observation satellites (COMS for meteorological and oceanographic applications and TanDEM-X for 3D mapping of the Earth).
"It's been a historic month for Airbus Defence and Space," declared the company's CEO François Auque.
"These six satellites and this 37th consecutive successful launch demonstrate the unique services offered by Airbus Defence and Space: reliable technology, the close relationship with our customers and a tremendous capacity to innovate. We work with the major commercial telecommunications operators and have demonstrated our skills in public-private partnerships with government institutions. We are also the only satellite manufacturer to export observation satellites. In a period of worldwide economic uncertainty, we have successfully adapted by making our customers convincing offers—not just state-of-the-art technology, but also the accompanying services and financial solutions they need. The string of successes this past month has shown how well targeted our strategy is, as we have become the point of reference in Europe's space industry."
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 Spacefor launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment and Airbus Defence and Space for the development and provision of secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, geo-information products and services, and navigation services.
AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2009, AIRBUS Group generated revenues of €42.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119, 000.
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