69th consecutive successful launch for Ariane 5

  • This final launch for 2015 is the 6th Ariane 5 liftoff in a record seven months 
  • Since the creation of Airbus Safran Launchers in January 2015, the company has demonstrated its operational flexibility as the industrial lead contractor for Ariane 5 and the future Ariane 6


10 November 2015 - The 227th launch of the Ariane rocket, successfully placing two telecommunication satellites in their geostationary transfer orbits, took place today from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

This launch, delivered by Airbus Safran Launchers, demonstrates the company's ability to adapt to the needs of its customers, enabling the launch of 6 Ariane 5 ECAs, and 12 geostationary satellites between April 26 and today.

"Today's successful launch for Ariane 5 – the sixth in just seven months - is a further milestone for Airbus Safran Launchers and its parent companies. It is a direct consequence of the work accomplished during more than 10 years between Airbus Defence and Space and Safran. We have been able to deliver one launcher per month since April of this year thanks to the commitment of our staff and the operational flexibility of our industrial organisation. This confirms the feasibility of our decision to produce up to 12 Ariane 6 launchers per year through 2023", Alain Charmeau, CEO of Airbus Safran Launchers announced. "These six launches of 2015 to date also demonstrate that Airbus Safran Launchers has been able to take on the responsibility of Ariane 5 lead contractor seamlessly, with no change for its customers in terms of scheduling and reliability. I would like to thank the European Space Agency, CNES and Arianespace for their trust."

The launch performance was 9810 kg (with 8962 kg represented by the satellites) to geostationary transfer orbit with an optimised inclination of 4°.

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. Building on the expertise of the Airbus and Safran groups, the company oversees an industrial network that brings together more than 550 companies (more than 20% of which are Small and Medium-size Enterprises/SMEs) in 12 European countries. Airbus Safran Launchers manages the entire industrial supply chain, from the manufacture of equipment and stages to the complete integration of the launcher in French Guiana, in compliance with the specific requirements of each mission. Representing cutting-edge European expertise, the Ariane 5 launcher has been specially designed to inject heavy payloads into orbit.

Airbus Safran Launchers is also the prime contractor for the future European launcher Ariane 6, whose maiden flight is scheduled for 2020.


Ariane flight 227 in numbers

  • 227th Ariane launch
  • 83rd Ariane 5 launch and 53rd Ariane 5 ECA
  • 6th Ariane 5 launch in 2015
  • 5th Ariane rocket to be delivered to Arianespace that was assembled and tested under the responsibility of Airbus Safran Launchers, the prime contractor
  • 69th consecutive success for Ariane 5
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