ARIANESPACE ANNOUNCES CONTRACT WITH INTELSAT

Arianespace has won a contract with Intelsat covering the launch of one satellite, plus the option to loft four more satellites between 2011 and 2015. Arianespace will call on the Ariane 5 and Soyuz launch vehicles to deploy innovative solutions to meet the requirements of Intelsat’s upcoming satellites – which range in size from 3,000 to 6,100 kg.

ARIANESPACE SELECTED TO LAUNCH NILESAT 201

Arianespace will launch the Nilesat 201 satellite as part of a turnkey contract that Thales Alenia Space has with Nilesat. To be lofted into geostationary transfer orbit by an Ariane 5 or Soyuz vehicle during the first quarter of 2010, Nilesat 201 will be the third satellite launched by Arianespace for the Egyptian operator – following Nilesat 101 and 102, which were successfully orbited in 1998 and 2000, respectively.

THE SIXTH ARIANE 5 OF 2008 IS CLEARED FOR LIFTOFF

Arianespace’s year-end flight has been given the go-ahead following its launch readiness review, which was conducted today at the Spaceport. This review validated the readiness of Ariane 5, its dual satellite payload of HOT BIRD 9 and W2M, the infrastructure at Europe’s Spaceport and the network of downrange tracking stations.