Successful launch of ARIANE with two television satellites
During the evening of May 5th the ARIANE 5 had a successful launch from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana while carrying the ASTRA 1L and GALAXY 17 television satellites on board. This is the second launch in 2007 after five successful launches in 2006. “This success lets me be confident towards the rise in cadence from six flights in 2007 up to eight in 2008”, said Marco R. Fuchs, CEO of OHB Technology AG, who was attending the launch in Kourou.
Via its shares in MT Aerospace, OHB is the largest supplier outside of France for the ARIANE, delivering around 10% of the hardware. OHB Technology AG also holds 8% of ARIANESPACE S.A.
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