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Arianespace planning up to four more Ariane 5 launches this year

Paris, 10 November 2020. – Arianespace is planning up to four Ariane 5 launches until end of the year, the group said, announcing another, new launch contract with an unnamed customer.

Arianespace plans three Ariane 5 launches for Intelsat for this year, along with 16 Soyuz launches for OneWeb, the company said.

“Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and a business slowdown, Arianespace could still surpass its operational performance in 2019, by logging a total of ten launches in 2020, including three by Ariane 5, five by Soyuz and two by Vega.” In total, Arianespace plans to fly Ariane 5 eight more times until it will retire it and hand over to Ariane 6 for its maiden flight in 2022.

Arianespace also announced changes in the group management and structure with an enlargement of its Executive Committee and the creation of two new business units. The Executive Committee now has nine members: Stéphane Israël, Chief Executive Officer, Michel Doubovick, Executive vice-president and Chief Financial Officer, François Barreau, Head of Ariane/Soyuz Business Unit, Claudia Flöte, Chief Operating Officer, Marino Fragnito, Head of Vega Business Unit, Emmanuel Franc, Chief Commercial Officer, Gregory Gavroy, Chief Brand and Communications Officer, Roland Lagier, Chief Technical Officer, and Philippe Nicolaï, Chief Human Resources Officer.

 

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