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21 August 2015

81st success for Ariane 5

The European launcher Ariane 5 has successfully completed its 81st mission from the European Space Centre in Kourou (French Guiana).

AVIO – a world leader in the design and production of launch vehicles, components and systems for spacecraft propulsion – provided the solid propulsion motors and liquid propulsion turbopump. AVIO is responsible for approximately 15% of the European launcher, Ariane 5. Each of the solid motors is loaded with approximately 237 tonnes of solid propellant, providing the necessary force to carry the launcher outside the Earth's atmosphere. The liquid oxygen turbopump feeds the Vulcain cryogenic engine.

Pier Giuliano Lasagni, CEO of AVIO, commented: “The success of Ariane 5's 81st launch is another milestone for AVIO: our technology has contributed to the success of this mission, which makes us very proud. 2015 has been an intense and satisfactory year for AVIO. As well as the successes of Ariane 5 and the two perfect VEGA launches, we have recently signed a contract with the ESA worth around 400 million Euros for the development of the new VEGA-C launcher. This is evidence of the trust that is placed in our work and the recognition of our commitment”.

With today's mission, Ariane 5 has launched the EUTELSAT 8 West B and Intelsat 34 satellites into orbit. EUTELSAT 8 West B is the 30th satellite put into orbit by Arianespace for the private operator EUTELSAT, one of the largest telecommunications operators on an international level. EUTELSAT 8 West B will provide high and ultra-high definition broadcasting services to North Africa and the Middle East. The satellite is also equipped with 10 C-band transponders, which will enable telecommunications services to be provided in Africa and in the eastern part of South America.

Intelsat, one of the largest global providers of satellite services in terms of turnover and satellite capacity, has around 50 satellites which deliver connectivity solutions for media, fixed and mobile telephony broadband infrastructures, businesses, governments and military applications. Intelsat 34, built by Space Systems Loral (SSL), will replace Intelsat 805 and Galaxy 11. The satellite will provide media services for Latin America and will support broadband services for maritime and aeronautic providers serving the North Atlantic.