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Arianespace Wins Two Vega Launch Contracts

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    Two New Launches for Vega
    (Source: Arianespace; issued December 17, 2013)

    EVRY, France --- Arianespace announced today that it has signed a contract to launch two satellites into low Earth orbit.

    These launches will be carried out by two Vega launch vehicles, operating from the Guiana Space Center in 2017 and 2018.

    Following the contract signature, Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël said: "After its first two missions, both 100 percent successful, our Vega launcher is now established as the benchmark for launching government or commercial payloads into low Earth orbit. The contract signed today clearly shows that the international space community understands the advantages offered by our launch system."

    Arianespace is the world’s leading satellite launch company, delivering innovation to its customers since 1980. Backed by 21 shareholders and the European Space Agency, the company offers an international workforce renowned for a culture of commitment and excellence.

    As of December 15, 2013, Arianespace had carried out a total of 215 Ariane launches, 31 Soyuz launches (five at the Guiana Space Center and 26 at Baikonur via Starsem) and two Vega launches. Arianespace has a backlog of 21 Ariane 5, 10 Soyuz and four Vega launches, equaling three years of business.
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