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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jun 15, 2005 22:58:55 GMT -6
Arianespace: 25 years of success, 25 years of meeting the challenge.
Le Bourget, France, June 14, 2005 — Created in 1980 as the first commercial launch services company, Arianespace this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.
During its quarter century of operations, Arianespace became the world leader in launch solutions, and has maintained the industry's no. 1 position.
The reference in space transportation
As of June 14, 2005, Arianespace's backlog of satellites to be launched totals 41 spacecraft (36 with Ariane 5, of which 9 are ATV resupply spacecraft for the International Space Station; 3 on Soyuz to be launched from the Guiana Space Center; and 2 on Soyuz from Baikonur Cosmodrome). The backlog for its Starsem sister company stands at 5 satellites. Together, this represents by far the largest backlog in the business.
In the past 25 years, Arianespace has signed more than 260 launch contracts with 62 international operators. Today, 65% of the operational commercial telecom satellites in orbit were launched by Arianespace.