Logo

Satellite Internet Forum.
Please note that this forum is now READ ONLY and closed for login and changes
The new forum is here Space and Satellite Communications forum

Welcome, Guest.
Welcome to this satellite broadband discussion forum.† Wherever you are and whatever your problem we are here to help each other. Connecting to the internet via satellite is not always easy but is critically important to those in remote places or with poor terrestrial infrastructure.† Both service providers and customers are encouraged to contribute.† Read the Forum rules.
      Satellite internet forum          

Astrium CEO Defends Ariane 5 Rocket Project

(Read 1391 times)
jdalecold
Ex Member


Jan 26th, 2012 at 5:28am  
In a press conference about the companyís 2011 financial performance, Auque defended the Ariane 5 Mid-life Evolution (ME) program, which is scheduled for review by ESA governments in November.

ESA agreed to begin the construction in 2008, but the agency deferred the funding until the 2011 meeting. Some European officials suggested the immediate construction of Ariane 5 successor rocket owing to budget constraints. The successor rocket is more flexible and less expensive to operate.

But the Astrium Space Transportation division needs to work on the Ariane 5 ME to keep its design unit busy. The companyís design operations in France and Germany will lose a lot if the rocket project is killed.

ESA is surveying satellite owners , most of which are government agencies, to estimate their demand for scientific, observation, military and other types of satellites. Auque said the survey is good, but calls on ESA  to decide what it wants.

ESA could extend the $156 million-a-year payment for Ariane beyond 2012 depending on the outcome of the November meeting. Auque said itís possible to put a stop on the annual payment once Ariane 5 ME is operational.
Back to top
 
 
IP Logged