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- 108th launch of an Ariane 5
- 83rd consecutive nominal ignition of the Vulcain® 2 engine
- 108th consecutive nominal ignition of the EAP solid propellant boosters
- 148th consecutive nominal ignition of the HM7B engine
For its second launch of the year from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, the Ariane 5 launcher placed two satellites in geostationary transfer orbit (GTO): the JCSAT-17 satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation and the GEO-KOMPSAT-2B satellite for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI).
2020 has only just begun and Ariane 5 has achieved its second success in two months. With Ariane 6’s maiden flight planned for this year, nine more Ariane 5 launches are scheduled to fly up to 2023. This will ensure smooth transition between the two launchers, offering the same level of reliability, but with increased payload capacity. I want to thank all the teams at ArianeGroup and those of our subsidiary and launch operator Arianespace, as well as those of all our industrial partners, for their commitment. Their expertise and their talent have guaranteed the permanent success of the Ariane launchers over 40 years and will continue to do so in the years to come. My thanks also go to the teams at ESA and CNES, for their continued confidence and support.”
As industrial prime contractor for the development, production and operation of Ariane 5 and Ariane 6 launchers, ArianeGroup coordinates an industrial network bringing together more than 600 companies in 13 European countries, including 350 Small and Medium Enterprises. ArianeGroup manages all industrial activities relating to Ariane 5, from studies and performance improvements to its production, the supply of data or software specific to each mission. This chain includes equipment and structures, engine manufacturing, integration of the different stages, then integration of the launcher in French Guiana. ArianeGroup delivers a flight-capable launcher on the launch pad to its subsidiary Arianespace, which operates the flight from take-off on behalf of its customers.