by Staff Writers
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Jan 06, 2012
After confirming its world leadership in 2011, Arianespace is now ramping up for operations in 2012. It aims to carry out seven Ariane 5 launches, five Soyuz launches and the first Vega launch.
With Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega all operating from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in French Guiana, not far from the equator, Arianespace now offers yhree launchers operating from the equator for both commercial and government customers along with the best launch Service and Solutions in the world.
Arianespace is the prime contractor for launch operations at the Guiana Space Center, calling on outstanding teams combining multidisciplinary and highly specialized expertise to operate these three launchers from a single equatorial launch site. This situation generates synergies to guarantee both efficiency and performance.
Nine successful launches, 29 satellites in orbit
On October 21, 2011, Arianespace opened another new chapter in the history of space, with the first launch of the Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Center. Arianespace performed four Soyuz launches in 2011, two from CSG and two from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, via the Starsem joint venture, orbiting a total of 20 payloads.
The company will post total revenues of about euros 985 million in 2011, and expects to reach break-even.
The company confirmed its world leadership by signing ten Ariane 5 contracts for geostationary satellites, out of a total of 21 open to competition, and one contract for a dedicated launch.
Arianespace also signed one new contract for a Soyuz launch from CSG, and the first two launch contracts for the Vega rocket. At January 1, 2012, Arianespace's backlog of orders reached a new record of euros 4.5 billion, including 21 Ariane 5 launches (30 geostationary satellites and six dedicated launches), 15 Soyuz launches (13 from CSG, two from Baikonur) and two Vega launches. This backlog guarantees the company over three years of business.
Challenges for 2012
Arianespace teams are working with their counterparts from the European Space Agency (ESA), the Guiana Space Center and industry to prepare the first launch of the new Vega light rocket, which will orbit the Lares and AlmaSat-1 satellites, along with several microsatellites.
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Arianespace wrapped up another busy - and historic - 12 months of commercial launch services today by orbiting six satellites for mobile voice and data services on the ninth flight of 2011 - during a year in which the company lofted a total of 29 payloads using the Ariane 5 and Soyuz members of its launcher family. Today's mission, performed from Baikonur Cosmodrome by the Starsem affiliat ... read more
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