Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA Launches ASTRA 5B and Amazonas 4A

On Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 22:04 UTC, Arianespace carried out the 59th successful Ariane 5 launch in a row, orbiting two telecommunications satellites: ASTRA 5B for the Luxembourg-based operator SES, and Amazonas 4A for the Spanish operator Hispasat. 

ASTRA 5B also hosts an EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) payload for the EuropeanCommission.

59th successful launch in a row: Arianespace continues to deliver the world's most reliable launch service!

Today's successful mission, the 59th in a row for ESA's Ariane 5 ECA (Cryogenic Evolution Type A) launcher, confirms that Arianespace continues to set the standard for guaranteed access to space for all operators, whether national or international space agencies, private industry or governments.

Following the announcement of the orbital injection of the ASTRA 5B and Amazonas 4A satellites, Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stephane Israel said: "Today's successful launch, the 59th in a row for Ariane 5, confirms the unrivaled reliability and availability of the European launcher.

"We take particular pride in being able to offer this service excellence to two leading European operators, SES and Hispasat, both long-standing customers of Arianespace, as well as the European Commission, which has an EGNOS satellite navigation payload integrated on the ASTRA 5B satellite."

"For Arianespace and our family of the Ariane, Soyuz and Vega launchers, the watchword in 2014 will be 'Europe', following the launch of Athena-Fidus on February 6, a French-Italian spacecraft that meets both defense and homeland security requirements, and leading up to flagship programs deployed by the European Commission (Copernicus and Galileo) and the European Space Agency (ATV and IXV)."

"In addition, I would also like to express my thanks to Airbus Defence and Space (EADS), as the industrial prime contractor for Ariane 5, to the rest of the European space industry, the teams at Kourou, the Guiana Space Center, and our partners at CNES for today's magnificent success."

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