Astrium - double prime contractor for Astra 2F satellite launch
24 September 2012
- Astrium is prime contractor for the Ariane 5 ECA launcher that will shortly deliver the Astra 2F and GSAT 10 satellites into orbit
- Astrium is also prime contractor for the Astra 2F satellite, ordered by satellite operator SES
- Astra 2F is the fifth Eurostar satellite Astrium has built for SES and the first of a combined order for four satellites
Astrium, Europe’s leading space technology company, is prime contractor for both the Ariane 5 launcher and the Astra 2F satellite scheduled for launch from the European Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, on 28 September.
Astrium is prime contractor of Ariane 5, the heavy-lift European launcher designed and built to carry out the widest range of missions and which has proved its reliability by achieving 50 consecutive successful launches already. On this particular launch, the ECA version of the Ariane 5 launcher will deliver two telecommunications satellites with a total weight of 10,179 kg, including the adapters and the SYLDA dual launch system.
The Ariane 5 launcher is manufactured and adapted to the specific characteristics of each mission by Astrium, its prime contractor. Positioned at the head of a highly qualified European logistics chain, Astrium builds the equipment and stages and integrates them at Kourou. The launcher’s main components are the cryogenic main stage (EPC) and its Vulcain 2 engine, the solid boosters, the cryogenic upper stage (ESC-A) and its HM7B engine, and the equipment bay.
The Astra 2F telecommunications satellite is the 28th Eurostar E3000 satellite built by Astrium and the first in a series of four satellites ordered together from the company in late 2009. The next satellite, Astra 2E, has been integrated and is undergoing its final tests at Astrium’s Toulouse site, while the following two, Astra 5B and Astra 2G, are in the process of being built, as is SES-6, a fifth satellite ordered by SES from Astrium.
Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. In 2011, Astrium had a turnover close to €5 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.
Astrium is the sole European company that covers the whole range of civil and defence space systems and services.
Its three business units are: Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure; Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment; Astrium Services for comprehensive fixed and mobile end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security and broadcast satellite communications equipment and systems, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.
Astrium is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.