Ariane 5 has been flawlessly launched from Kourou, French Guiana, for the 68th consecutive time, building on the European launcher’s track record. Two satellites were launched with a total mass of more than 10 tonnes.

“Airbus Defence and Space has been tightly linked with the Ariane programme from the outset, and it will remain Ariane’s main partner through the Airbus Safran Launchers joint-venture,” said François Auque, Head of Space Systems. “The 68th successful launch in a row confirms the outstanding capabilities of our launcher teams and our ability to use our experience to put in place the industrial organisation for future European launchers. We intend to remain the driving force for one of Europe’s greatest industrial success stories.”