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Common Declaration of Arianespace and Astrium Space Transportation on the Ariane 5 Production

Arianespace and Astrium Space Transportation have decided to increase the Ariane 5 production rate. The launchers will be produced in the most powerful version, Ariane 5 ECA, in a stabilized configuration that will guarantee both reliability and economies of scale. By increasing the production rate, Arianespace will be able to keep pace with growing demand in the launch services market, on which Arianespace holds a leading role with a market share of more than 50%.

Bremen, 15 February 2007

The agreement signed between Arianespace and Astrium Space Transportation puts in place the investments needed to supply seven Ariane 5 ECA launchers per year, from February 2008, along with the possibility to yearly perform an additional launch in a specific version, for instance to launch the ATV.

Astrium Space Transportation is the prime contractor in charge of manufacturing Ariane, and leads the launcher manufacturing activities of the various European industrial companies.

Arianespace is in charge of the marketing and launch operations of Ariane, procuring the integrated launcher from Astrium ST, adapting it to each customer’s mission, integrating the satellites on the launcher and carrying out launch operations from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chief Executive Officer, Arianespace

Evert Dudok, President, Astrium Space Transportation

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