January 08, 2016

"At a briefing here outlining Evry, France-based Arianespace 2015 record and plans for 2016, [Stephane] Israel sought to portray Arianespace as once again in the driver’s seat when it comes to commercial launches."

Space News: After drawing even with Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX in 2014, with nine commercial orders each, Arianespace’s count for 2015 showed its Ariane 5 rocket winning 14 contracts for geostationary-orbit satellites, compared to nine for SpaceX and one each for International Launch Services of Reston, Virginia, which markets Russia’s Proton; and for the Atlas 5 rocket of United Launch Alliance of Centennial, Colorado. by Peter B. de Selding

'Arianespace’s count includes one undisclosed customer. Unless it’s identified, it will not be included in SpaceNews’s annual count of firm contract awards. Of the 13 satellites remaining, two are for Europe’s meteorological satellite organization, Eumetsat, and cannot be considered commercial wins.

'In addition to the geostationary-satellite contracts, Arianespace in 2015 booked the largest single launch contract, to use 21 Russian Soyuz rockets — including the Europeanized version operated from Europe’s spaceport — to launch the OneWeb low-orbiting broadband constellation.

'Europe’s Vega small-satellite launch vehicle, operated by Arianespace, booked orders for two Falcon Eye optical reconnaissance satellites for the United Arab Emirates, a four-satellite package from Google’s Skybox Imaging geospatial intelligence company, and Peru’s PeruSat-1 optical Earth observation satellite.'

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