Arianespace Signs Multi-Launch Contract With SES
(Source: Arianespace; issued June 18, 2007)
LE BOURGET, France --- The SES group and Arianespace announced the signature of a framework contract that will guarantee launch services for several satellites deployed by the global operator SES.

The agreement covers launches planned between 2009 and 2013. Arianespace will give the world's leading satellite operator exceptional flexibility and capacity, based on the unrivalled availability of its launcher family.

The Ariane 5 and Soyuz launchers deliver the reliability and performance needed to guarantee innovative launch services that meet the future deployment needs of the SES satellite fleet.

Commenting on this contract, Romain Bausch, Chairman and CEO of SES, said: "We are confident that with this innovative agreement in place, the continuous development and replacement of our global satellite fleet is ensured at competitive conditions for the foreseeable future, providing SES with an additional competitive edge. Arianespace and SES have a long history together dating back to the launch of our first satellite in 1988 and we look forward to continue this mutually successful collaboration. "

Arianespace Chairman and CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall added: "This contract is for us a major event that confirms our strategic partnership with SES building upon a foundation of 26 launches performed for the SES family, and provides clear proof that Arianespace offers tailored services and solutions that respond to our customers' needs. I would like to thank SES for their renewed confidence in us, reflected in this latest contract. Their selection confirms that Arianespace, with our Ariane 5 and Soyuz launchers, sets the global standard in space transportation."

Arianespace is the world's leading launch Service & Solutions company, delivering innovative services and solutions to its customers for more than 25 years. Backed by 23 shareholders, including the European Space Agency, Arianespace offers an unrivalled launcher family, comprising Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega, and an international workforce renowned for their culture of excellence. Arianespace has launched 246 satellites since being founded, including more than 60% of the commercial satellites now in service worldwide. It has a steady backlog of about 40 satellites to be launched, equal to more than three years of operations. (ends)

ILS, SES Sign Contract for 5 Launches Through 2013
(Source: International Launch Services; issued June 18, 2007)
PARIS --- International Launch Services (ILS) and SES Satellite Leasing announced a contract today that calls for the launch of five SES satellites on Proton Breeze M vehicles through 2013. Financial details were not disclosed.

With five firm orders, this is the largest single Proton launch services contract. ILS has been marketing the Russian Proton Breeze M vehicle to commercial satellite operators since 1993, and has carried out 40 launches. The Proton vehicle, built by ILS partner Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, is Russia's premier heavy-lift launcher.

The Proton flights will be available to SES' operating companies: SES AMERICOM, SES ASTRA, SES NEW SKIES and SES SIRIUS. The first mission is expected to be in 2009.

"The real value in this unique multibuy contract is the flexibility it offers SES, in terms of matching payloads and launch periods," said Frank McKenna, ILS president.

"We're proud to continue our long-standing partnership with SES," McKenna said. "Our relationship goes back to the very beginning of ILS. SES was the customer for the first commercial launch on Proton back in 1996, and ILS has launched at least one satellite a year for SES operating companies ever since. In 2007, we have scheduled launches for SES AMERICOM and SES SIRIUS."

Romain Bausch, SES president and CEO, said: "We are confident that with this innovative agreement in place, the continuous development and replacement of our global satellite fleet is ensured at attractive terms and conditions for the foreseeable future, providing SES with an additional competitive edge. International Launch Services and SES have a long history together and we look forward to continuing our successful collaboration on Proton launches."

Over more than 40 years of service, the Proton has launched more than 325 times. Recent product enhancements enable Proton Breeze M to lift more than 6 metric tons to geosynchronous orbit from its launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

SES wholly owns three market-leading satellite operators, SES ASTRA in Europe, SES AMERICOM in North America, and SES NEW SKIES, which provide global coverage and connectivity. The company also holds strategic participations in SES Sirius in Europe, Ciel in Canada and Quetzsat in Mexico. SES provides outstanding satellite communications solutions via a fleet of 36 satellites in 25 orbital positions around the globe.

ILS is a joint venture of Space Transport Inc., Khrunichev and RSC Energia. ILS is incorporated in Delaware in the United States, and is headquartered in McLean, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C.

prev next