Satellites: Europe's Arianespace sets 13 launches for 2012

Jan 05, 2012
The Soyuz VS01 rocket sits on the launch pad at the Arianespace spaceport in Sinnamary, French Guiana, in October 2011. European satellite launch operator Arianespace said on Thursday it had scheduled 13 missions for 2012, the first year in which it would deploy rockets in all three categories of payload.

European satellite launch operator Arianespace said on Thursday it had scheduled 13 missions for 2012, the first year in which it would deploy rockets in all three categories of payload.

This year will see seven launches by the heavy lifter Ariane 5, five by the medium-sized Soviet-Russian space veteran Soyuz and the first by the lightweight rocket Vega, the company said.

Missions include the launch of the European Space Agency's third automated freighter, the Edoardo Amaldi, to the (ISS) on March 9.

Last year, Arianespace carried out five launches and four Soyuz launches, including the first from Europe's space base in Kourou, French Guiana.

For 2011, the company will post total revenues of about 985 million euros (1.27 billion dollars) "and expects to reach break-even," Arianespace said in press release.

As of January 1 this year, the company had a record backlog of orders worth 4.5 billion euros (5.8 billion dollars), equivalent to three years of business, it said.

boss Jean-Yves Le Gall said that "if the satellite (contracts) are available this year, as we hope," the company should maintain its roughly 50-percent stake in the world satellite launch market, making it the leader in this field.

Explore further: Russian cargo craft docks with ISS, science satellite fails

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Arianespace says it plans 12 launches in 2011

Jan 04, 2011

Arianespace said on Tuesday that it planned 10 launches in 2011, including six of its Ariane 5 rockets and the first Russian Soyuz rockets from the European space base in French Guiana beginning in August.

Europe's Vega rocket launch set for early 2012

Dec 08, 2011

Europe's new Vega rocket, which can place a 1.5-ton satellite into low-Earth orbit, is expected to see its first launch early next year, Arianespace chief Jean-Yves Le Gall said Thursday.

First Soyuz launch from Kourou to go ahead: Arianespace

Aug 25, 2011

The maiden flight of a Soyuz from Europe's space base will go ahead as scheduled on October 20, as it is a different version from the rocket involved in Wednesday's launch failure by Russia, Arianespace said on Thursday.

Soyuz launch from Europe space base set for October

May 10, 2011

The maiden launch of the veteran Soviet-Russian rocket Soyuz from Europe's space base in South America has been scheduled for October, a spokesman for launch operators Arianespace said on Tuesday.

Recommended for you

Video: A dizzying view of the Earth from space

7 hours ago

We've got vertigo watching this video, but in a good way! This is a sped-up view of Earth from the International Space Station from the Cupola, a wraparound window that is usually used for cargo ship berthings ...

NEOWISE spots a comet that looked like an asteroid

7 hours ago

Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) has been observed by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft just one day after passing through its closest approach to the sun. The comet ...

What the UK Space Agency can teach Australia

8 hours ago

Australia has had an active civil space program since 1947 but has much to learn if it is to capture a bigger share of growing billion dollar global space industry. ...

Discover the "X-factor" of NASA's Webb telescope

8 hours ago

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray observatory have something in common: a huge test chamber used to simulate the hazards of space and the distant glow of starlight. Viewers can learn about ...

User comments : 0