Arianespace: year in review
(06 Jan 2022) Arianespace performed a total of 15 launches in 2021: three by Ariane 5, nine by Soyuz (including eight from the Russian spaceports in Baikonur and Vostochny for the OneWeb constellation) and three by Vega. A total of 305 satellites were launched. Out of the 15 launches, there were 11.5 for solely commercial customers, making Arianespace the leader in this market, according to the company.
Arianespace said it logged revenues of more than €1.25 billion in 2021, 30% higher than the previous year.
At the same time, Arianespace consolidated the backlog of orders for its family of launch vehicles (Ariane 5, Ariane 6, Soyuz, Vega and Vega C) by adding 22 satellites from the following customers:
- ISRO/NSIL, for the GSAT-24 satellite, assigned to the last position available on Ariane 5.
- EUMETSAT, with the MTG-I2 satellite planned for an Ariane 64 launch.
- ESA (for the European Commission) and EUSPA, which chose three Ariane 62 and a Soyuz launch for eight Galileo satellites [cf. separate article in this issue].
- Optus, for Optus-11 to be launched by an Ariane 64.
- Skyloom, for UHURA-1, on an Ariane 64 rideshare mission.
- ESA, with FLEX and Altius on a Vega C, and Microcarb (for CNES with the support of the European Union) as an auxiliary passenger on a Vega C.
- SITAEL (for the Italian space agency ASI), for PLATiNO 1 & 2, on Vega and Vega C.
- CNES, with NESS as an auxiliary passenger for Vega C.
- Four small satellites, already launched on Vega mission VV19 in August 2021 as auxiliary passengers.
Arianespace's backlog of orders now stands at 36 launches for 24 different customers.
Reference: Arianespace PR