Stephane Israel, CEO of Arianespace said that the geostationary satellite orders have begun to rebound since the market has got more varieties to offer now compared to that in the past. Industry-wide eleven geostationary satellites were ordered in 2019, out of which nine was run on electric propulsion.
Israel has told the reporters at the World Satellite Business Week conference that in case of Astranis, the masses of satellite range from about 300 kilograms onwards. Astranis is a startup which has the provision for providing internet links using satellite to the ViaSat-3 which weighs about 6,500 kilograms. In May Inmarsat had announced their plans for buying 3 GX Flex satellites from the Airbus. The GX Flex satellites which weigh about 3000 kilograms are reprogrammable and are small to share ride in an orbit.
Nine contracts have been booked by Arianespace since the 1st of January. Two contracts each from Soyuz, Ariane 5 and Ariane 6 and three contracts for Vega. It has also been announced by Arianespace of moving the ViaSat-3 satellite’s planned launch to Ariane 6 rocket which was earlier planned to be done by an Ariane 5 rocket. One Web had signed for Ariane 6 rocket’s first flight in 2019. Ovzon, the satellite broadband firm has announced their plans of switching from Space X Falcon Heavy to the Ariane 5 for their Ovzon-3 satellite. It was also announced by Arianespace that Ariane 5 was chosen by one of their customers for its flight in 2021.
Arianespace was selected by ESA for launching the JUpiter ICy moon Explorer (JUICE) aboard Ariane 64. Vega rides were purchased by exact Earth of Canada, the European Space Agency and Japan’s Synspective. UAE’s Falcon Eye-1 imaging satellite had met with a failure in its launch in July but Arianespace has expressed their hopes of resuming the launch of Vega rockets. He said that 14 missions had been successful with Vega and so this meant that there was no problem with the design of the launcher.
Arianespace has 52 launches for 37 of their customers in the future. This includes Ariane 5 with 11 orders, Arian 6 with eight orders, Soyuz with 24 and Vega C and Vega with nine. Israel has said that Vega C and Ariane 6 will have their initial launches in 2020.