The four Soyuz missions from French Guiana this year will carry a variety of passengers that highlight the Russian launcher’s flexibility in Spaceport operations, including two missions with four satellites each for O3b Networks, and two flights with a pair of Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites each.

Arianespace’s industry leadership will continue with 12 launcher family missions planned in 2013

by Staff Writers
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Jan 11, 2013

Applying the full benefits of its launcher family, Arianespace is targeting a total of 12 missions with Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega in 2013 – maintaining its launch services leadership and building on the company’s exceptional performance of the past year.

This was the main message of Arianespace Chairman and CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall during the company’s traditional New Year’s kickoff press conference, held in Paris who underscored both the operational and economic advantages of having its launch vehicle trio in service at the Spaceport.

“As the prime contractor for launch operations in French Guiana, Arianespace has multi-disciplinary teams that can manage missions with all three types of launchers, which creates synergies and reduces operational costs,” he told international reporters.

The company’s 2013 scheduling calls for 11 missions from the Spaceport – six heavy-lift Ariane 5 launches, four medium-lift Soyuz flights and one with the light-lift Vega – along with a Soyuz liftoff at Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome, operated under the responsibility of Arianespace’s Euro-Russian Starsem subsidiary.

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