On the night of 29 to 30 August, Ariane 5 put two satellites – EUTELSAT 25B/Es’hail 1 and GSAT-7 – into orbit from the Guiana Space Centre. This is the 57th consecutive success for the European launcher since 2003.
EUTELSAT 25B/Es’hail 1 is a telecommunications satellite jointly developed by the French operator Eutelsat and Es’hailSat, the Qatari satellite operator. GSAT-7 is a multi-band telecommunications satellite developed by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization). GSAT-7 completes the series of GSAT satellites launched by India.
Minister Geneviève Fioraso, responsible for space policy, said:
“I’m delighted with the confidence that Eutelsat, Es’hailSat and ISRO have placed in Arianespace and the Ariane 5 launcher for the launch of their satellites.
“It’s a new demonstration of the quality of Arianespace’s offer and of the export performance of this industry, in which France excels and which makes a positive contribution of more than €500 million to the trade balance.
“I want to pay tribute to the professionalism of the teams from the CNES [French space agency], the ESA, Arianespace and the manufacturers and to their commitment to this sector’s success. With this, Ariane 5’s 71st success, Europe is again demonstrating its excellence and leadership.
“Space Europe is also preparing its future with the Ariane 6 programme, whose configuration was presented by the ESA on 9 July.
“With CoSpace [State-Industry Consultation Committee for Space], which I’ll be establishing on 4 September with Jean-Yves Le Drian, I want to give the French space industry a tool for consultation and for building a shared vision. In this way we’ll be maintaining the competitiveness and therefore the jobs of this industry.”./.