April 27, 2015 — Ariane 5 has been successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana, for the 64th time in a row, once again confirming the reliability of the European launcher. This was the 222nd Ariane flight and the 78th Ariane 5 launch.
“The history of the Ariane programme is closely linked to that of Airbus Defence and Space; the future of Ariane is therefore also inextricably linked to our company, and will continue to be via our subsidiary Airbus Safran Launchers,” said François Auque, Head of Space Systems. “The 64th successful launch in a row confirms the outstanding capabilities of our launcher teams and our ability to use our experience to implement the industrial organisation for future European launchers. Our aim is to continue being the architect of one of the greatest European industrial success stories.”
Airbus Defence and Space is the single prime contractor for the European Ariane 5 launcher, one of the largest and most ambitious space programmes in the world, since 2003. As a 50% shareholder in Airbus Safran Launchers, the company currently oversees an industrial network that brings together more than 550 companies (more than 20% of which are SMEs) in 12 European countries. It also manages the entire industrial supply chain, from the manufacture of equipment and stages to the complete integration of the launcher in French Guiana, in line with the customer’s specifications. Drawing on the expertise Airbus Defence and Space has acquired and the investments it has made over a period of more than 10 years, Ariane 5 has become the most reliable commercial launcher on the global market and has increased its geostationary orbit payload capacity by almost two tonnes. Representing cutting-edge European expertise, the Ariane 5 launcher has been specially designed to inject heavy payloads into orbit.