17.11.2005

Second successful launch of the 10-ton Ariane

In the early hours of Thursday morning, the heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA launcher successfully placed two telecommunications in geostationary transfer orbits. At 12.46 a.m. CET, the Ariane 5 ECA lifted off from the European launch pad in Kourou, French-Guyana. Just under half an hour later it released its two payloads, the US SPACEWAY 2 satellite and the Indonesian TELEKOM-2 satellite, as planned.

The ARIANE 5 ECA is the most powerful European rocket and capable of carrying two satellites with a total mass of up to ten tons, four tons more than the Ariane 5, at the same time.

“This further successful launch of the ARIANE 5 ECA will reinforce and safeguard the commercial success of the entire ARIANE program,” says Hans J. Steininger, CFO of MT Aerospace AG, Augsburg, a subsidiary of OHB Technology AG (ISIN: DE0005936124) and the largest German supplier of components for the ARIANE 5.

With this second successful launch, the ECA version of the Ariane 5 has once and for all proved its viability for commercial satellite transportation and regained customer confidence. This means greater production continuity for MT Aerospace.

Please also refer to the official Arianespace press release at http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/releases/presrel05_11_16.html.

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