Four more satellites are scheduled for this year to launch on the Ariane-5 rocket
The company ArianeGroup announced the successful launch of two communications satellites for India and a consortium from Saudi Arabia, Greece and Cyprus. In recent years, there has been increasing competition from commercial operators in the lucrative rocket industry. Particularly strongly influenced by the appearance of reusable missiles from the company SpaceX Ilona Mask.
The Ariane-5 rocket with a 9-ton payload flew from the Kourou space center in French Guiana on February 5, 2019. This is the first of five launches scheduled this year.
One of the satellites belonging to the government of Saudi Arabia and the Greek Cypriot operator Hellas Sat, must guarantee television, Internet and telephone service for the Middle East, South Africa and Europe over the next 15 years. The second satellite was designed and built by the Indian Space Research Organization. The first launch in 2019 once again demonstrates the ability to perfectly adapt the Ariane-5 installation to meet the needs of any client. So put the executive president of ArianeGroup.
In 2020, the Ariane-5 plan to replace the Ariane-6, which will be 40% cheaper. However, in November it was announced that by 2022, 2,300 people were planning to lay off, as the development of the rocket is nearing completion, and because of competition, orders for new launches have declined.