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Electronics Company Profile: Aircraft Manufacturers
Arianespace was founded in 1980 as the world’s first
launch Service & Solutions company. It now has 23
shareholders from 10 European countries (including
the French space agency CNES with 34%, EADS Astrium
with 30% and all European companies participating in
the production of Ariane 5 launchers). Since its
creation, Arianespace has launched 267 payloads for
71 customers, accounting for more than half of the
commercial satellites now in service.
The company generated sales of 956 million euros in
2008, with a net income of 2.5 million euros. As of
January 1, 2009, Arianespace had 309 employees,
including 247 at the company’s headquarters in Evry,
near Paris, France; 50 at the Guiana Space Center in
Kourou, French Guiana launch site for Ariane 5,
Soyuz and Vega; and 12 at international offices in
Washington D.C., Tokyo and Singapore.
Arianespace offers launch Service & Solutions to
satellite operators from around the world, both
private companies and government agencies. The
Arianespace family of launchers comprises:
Ariane 5 heavy-lift launch vehicle, operated at the
Guiana Space Center (43 launches, including 29
successful launches in a row, as of April 2009).
Soyuz medium launcher, which has been operated at
Baikonur, Kazakhstan since 1999 (21 commercial
launches, all successful), and will be launched at
the Guiana Space Center starting at the end of 2009.
Vega light launcher, to be operated at the Guiana
Space Center starting in 2010.
In 2008 Arianespace successfully carried out six
Ariane 5 launches and one Soyuz launch, orbiting the
ATV cargo vessel for the International Space
Station, 10 communications satellites and one
demonstrator satellite for the Galileo
constellation. It will continue this launch rate in
2009, with seven Ariane 5 launches and the first
Soyuz launch from the Guiana Space Center.
Launch services leadership
Capitalizing on its range of launchers, proven
reliability and availability, Arianespace has won
more than half of the commercial launch contracts
open to competition worldwide in the last two years.
This gives it a very healthy order book with the
following (as of April 24, 2009):
32 satellites to be launched into geostationary
transfer orbit, using Ariane 5 or Soyuz for the
smaller spacecraft. Eight government launches by
Ariane 5, including six for the ATV cargo vessel.
Seven dedicated Soyuz launches.
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