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46th successful launch in a row of the Astrium-built Ariane 5

Kourou, 22 September 2011

Ariane 5, the European launch vehicle developed and manufactured by Astrium, today successfully lifted-off from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

For François Auque, Astrium CEO, “This 46th consecutive success confirms the reliability of Astrium as a prime contractor for Ariane. Astrium’s particular expertise in cryogenic propulsion enables the launch vehicle to answer the customer requests on a very comprehensive range of missions.”

For this 204th flight, Ariane 5 placed 8,974 kilos into geostationary orbit.

About Astrium

Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services.

In 2010, Astrium had a turnover of €5 billion and more than 15,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment, and Astrium Services for comprehensive end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2010, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000.

Press contacts:
Daniel Mosely
Media Relations UK
Astrium United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 14 38 77 81 80
Fax: +44 14 38 77 30 69

Gregory Gavroy
Astrium France
Media Relations France
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32

Ralph Heinrich
Media Relations Germany
Astrium Germany
Tel.: +49 89 60 73 39 71
Fax: +49 89 60 72 97 65

Francisco Lechon
Media Relations Spain
Astrium Spain
Tel.: +34 91 5 86 37 41
Fax: +34 91 5 86 37 82

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