Consolidating a relationship now entering into its 30th year, Eutelsat Communications and Arianespace have announced the conclusion of a new launch services contract for a future Eutelsat satellite. The assignment of the launch to a satellite will be made at a later stage. The contract for an Ariane 5 launch from the Guiana Space Centre provides Eutelsat with launch flexibility and schedule assurance for its in-orbit expansion programme of six satellites to be launched by end-2014.
France’s Minister for Research and Higher Education, Jean-Yves Le Gall welcomed the news, commetning: “This new agreement between Eutelsat and Arianespace which benefits both France and Europe’s space sector. Technology and innovation are pillars of our national policy of restoring production capacities. I am delighted to see these two leaders in their domains strengthen their cooperation, creating wealth and employment in France.”