Arianespace Reports Record-Breaking Year For Launch Services | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 05.23.16

Airborne 05.24.16

Airborne 05.25.16

Airborne 05.26.16

Airborne 05.27.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 05.23.16

Airborne 05.24.16

Airborne 05.25.16

Airborne 05.26.16

Airborne 05.27.16

AEA2016 LIVE Aero-TV: 04/27-0830ET, 04/28-1400ET, 04/29-1100ET

Sun 'n Fun 2016 Innovation Preview on Vimeo!

Sun 'n Fun 2016 Innovation Preview on YouTube!

Sun, Jan 06, 2013

Arianespace Reports Record-Breaking Year For Launch Services

Eleven Flights In 2012 Boosted 165-Thousand Pounds Into Orbit

Arianespace says it achieved an a record-breaking year of activity during 2012, employing its complete launcher family to perform 10 total flights from the Spaceport in French Guiana along with a Soyuz mission from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome. These 11 flights lofted a cumulative payload weight of some 165,000 pounds, the most ever for Arianespace in a single calendar year, and were composed of seven Ariane 5 missions, three Soyuz launches and one Vega liftoff. The mass of primary and secondary passengers accommodated on these flights ranged from 20 metric tons to just 2.2 pounds.

In operations at the Spaceport during the past 12 months, Arianespace’s Ariane 5 and Soyuz vehicles carried 11 civil and military telecommunications spacecraft for its worldwide customers, launched Europe’s third Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) to service the International Space Station, delivered two In-Orbit Validation platforms for the European Galileo satellite navigation constellation, lofted Europe’s MSG-3 meteorological platform, and orbited the Pléiades 1B optical imaging satellite for French and European defense ministries.
 
Vega’s year-opening historic inaugural mission from French Guiana demonstrated this new launcher’s flexibility by carrying a payload of nine spacecraft: the Italian LARES laser relativity satellite, as well as the ALMASat-1 technology microsatellite demonstrator and seven small CubeSats developed by more than 250 university students from six different countries.
 
Arianespace milestones during the 2012 Spaceport mission activity included Ariane 5’s heaviest-ever payload: the ATV Edoardo Amaldi, weighing more than 20,000 kg. on its flight in March; along with the 50th consecutive success for this heavy-lift workhorse launcher, achieved in August – subsequently increasing to 53 by year-end, underscoring a reliability level that a benchmark in the commercial launch services sector.
 
In another highpoint, Arianespace surpassed its 300th mark for the total combined number of primary satellite passengers launched from French Guiana; a landmark that was attained in May.  This count did not include some 50 additional auxiliary or secondary payloads accommodated on the company’s various missions, and it was further increased by Arianespace’s launches during the subsequent months of 2012.
 
Adding to Arianespace’s activity during the year was a Soyuz mission performed at Baikonur Cosmodrome by its Euro-Russian Starsem subsidiary, which carried the European Metop-B meteorological satellite.

(Image courtesy Arianespace)

FMI: www.arianespace.com

Advertisement

More News

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.30.16)

"We take great pride in Vietjet selecting the game-changing Geared Turbofan engine to power their aircraft fleet. Customers continuously recognize that this engine represents the p>[...]

Airborne 05.27.16: More MH370 Debris, Airport 4 Sale, Hurricane Hunters

Also: PWC PW307D, Icon Scandal, Memorial Day, IASO, Nat'l Warplane Museum, Gogo Cloud, Orbital ATK, Honor Flight Austin The Australia's Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, D>[...]

National Warplane Museum Establishes Crowdfunding Effort

Campaign Is Titled 'Let's Do A Little More For Les' The National Warplane Museum has kicked off its first ever crowd funding project. While many are aware of crowdfunding and how i>[...]

Delta Flight Intercepted By Greek F-16s

Airliner 'Briefly' Out Of Contact With Air Traffic Controllers On the same day that EgyptAir Flight MS804 disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean Sea, another airliner was in>[...]

Toledo Police Helicopter May Be Grounded

Department Seeks Grants To Help Keep Aircraft Flying The police department in Toledo, OH may be forced to ground its helicopter unless it is able to identify a grant for the $300,0>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC