Arianespace celebrates 75 launches in a row
November 23, 2016
By Chris Forrester
Achieving 75 successive successful rocket launches with its Ariane 5 vehicle is a praiseworthy record, and Arianespace is celebrating its achievement with a new website that brings together videos, key facts and mission highlights.
“The Ariane 5 story is one of shared success involving Arianespace, its customers, the European Space Agency (ESA) and member states, along with European industry – including prime contractor Airbus Safran Launchers – all our partners and our great staff,” explained Stéphane Israël, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace. “This has been a key part of fulfilling Arianespace’s mission of using space to make life better on Earth, and we are pleased to be highlighting Ariane 5’s track record with our special focus on www.arianespace.com.”
With its latest launch achievement, Ariane 5 now holds the record for consecutive missions accomplished among Arianespace’s launcher family operating from French Guiana – surpassing Ariane 4’s string of 74 in a row from 1995 to 2003.
And ‘75 in a row’ is far from Ariane 5’s only impressive figure. During the 13-year period that began in 2003, the launcher deployed 149 spacecraft for commercial and institutional operators, with over 623 metric tons (1.4 million pounds) delivered to orbit.