The Soyuz launcher for Arianespace’s year-opening mission rolled out to the launch pad in French Guiana, readying the vehicle to receive its Hispasat 36W-1 payload for a nighttime liftoff from the Spaceport on Friday, January 27.
Airbus Safran Launchers is acquiring the stake in Arianespace held by the CNES French space agency.
Two telecommunications relay satellites were orbited today for Intelsat on an Ariane 5, extending Arianespace’s 30-plus-year partnership with this US operator.
Azercosmos and Intelsat have chosen Arianespace to launch the Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 telecommunication satellite.
Eutelsat 8 West B and Intelsat 34 have been installed atop their launcher, completing the build-up process.
Arianespace is back in the black with a net income in 2014 of €3 million.
Thor 7 was successfully launched on Sunday from the European Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana.
SES has chosen Arianespace to launch its SES-12, marking the 40th contract signed by Arianespace with this operator.
Arianespace says it plans to stage at least 11 launches in the next 12 months, equalling the record set in 2014.
Arianespace’s sixth heavy-lift mission of 2014 has been given the go-ahead for Thursday’s liftoff from the Spaceport on a dual-passenger Ariane 5 flight carrying the DirecTV-14 and GSAT-16 satellites.