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46th successful launch in a row of the Astrium-built Ariane 5

Kourou, 20 September 2011 –The European launch vehicle developed and manufactured by Astrium http://www.astrium.eads.net/en/, Ariane 5, successfully lifted-off from The European Spaceport, in Kourou, French Guiana, today.

"This 46th consecutive success confirms the reliability of Astrium http://www.astrium.eads.net/en/news2/ariane-5-launches-arabsat-5c.html as a prime contractor for Ariane. Astrium’s particular expertise in cryogenic propulsion enables the launch vehicle to answer the customer requests on a very comprehensive range of missions" asserted Astrium http://www.astrium.eads.net/en/ CEO François Auque.

Ariane 5, for its 204th take off, placed 8974 kilos into geostationary orbit.


About Astrium
As the European leader for space technologies, Astrium is a 100% owned subsidiary of EADS, dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services.
In 2010 and with a €5 billion turnover, Astrium employs more than 15,000 workers and associates worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Astrium is a well known expert in the three following fields: Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment, and Astrium Services for comprehensive end-to-end solutions which cover secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Group – including Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000 in 2010.


Press contacts:
Daniel Mosely (Astrium UK) Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 8180
Gregory Gavroy (Astrium FR) Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32
Ralph Heinrich (Astrium GER) Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 33971
Francisco Lechón (Astrium SP) Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41
www.astrium.eads.net


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