Ariane 5 successfully launched from Kourou

The first Ariane 5 rocket delivered by Airbus Safran Launchers to Arianespace has successfully placed two satellites in orbit. This is the 64th consecutive success for Ariane 5.

26 April 2015 – The 222nd launch of the Ariane rocket has successfully placed two satellites in their geostationary transfer orbits, following lift off from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. It was the first Ariane rocket to be delivered to Arianespace by Airbus Safran Launchers, which has been the prime contractor for the Ariane 5 programme since January 2015.


"The 222nd Ariane launch marks the first success for the Airbus Safran Launchers teams, continuing the work they have been carrying out for more than 10 years at Airbus Defence and Space and Safran. These teams were brought together in January 2015 within Airbus Safran Launchers, the new prime contractor for Ariane 5 and future European launchers," said Alain Charmeau, CEO of Airbus Safran Launchers. "We would like to thank Arianespace and the space agencies involved in the Ariane 5 programme for placing their trust in us, enabling us to work smoothly during this transitional phase."


Marc Ventre, Chairman of the Airbus Safran Launchers Board of Directors, added: "I would also like to praise this first notable success since Airbus Safran Launchers was created at the beginning of the year on the initiative of the companies together with the support of the agencies and member states."


Airbus Safran Launchers has been the prime contractor for the Ariane 5 European launcher, one of the largest and most ambitious space programmes in the world, since January 2015. To this end, the company oversees an industrial network that brings together more than 550 companies (more than 20% of which are SMEs) in 12 European countries. Airbus Safran Launchers also manages the entire industrial supply chain, from the manufacture of equipment and stages to the complete integration of the launcher in French Guiana, in line with the customer's specifications. Representing cutting-edge European expertise, the Ariane 5 launcher has been specially designed to inject heavy payloads into orbit.



Ariane flight 222 in numbers

  • 222nd Ariane launch
  • 78th Ariane 5 launch
  • 64th consecutive success for Ariane 5
  • 1st Ariane 5 launch in 2015
  • 1st Ariane rocket to be delivered to Arianespace that was assembled and tested under the responsibility of Airbus Safran Launchers, the prime contractor
  • 22nd Ariane 5 ordered by Arianespace in March 2009 as part of the PB batch (of a total of 35 to cover the period from 2010-2016)
  • Launch performance: 9,852 kg


About Airbus Safran Launchers

The creation of Airbus Safran Launchers opens a new chapter in the history of the launcher industry. Reflecting the joint ambition of Airbus Group and Safran to boost the European space industry to unscaled heights, our new company will develop innovative and competitive solutions by uniting the strengths of two leading contributors to modern launch vehicles.

Airbus Safran Launchers is equally owned, combining Airbus Defence and Space's expertise in launchers (especially in France and Germany), and Safran's expertise in liquid and solid rocket propulsion.

Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Group has 69,000 employees and generated sales of 15.4 billion euros in 2014. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 2 billion euros in 2014. Safran is listed on Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index.


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