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FLIGHT VS15 – A SUCCESSFUL ARIANESPACE LAUNCH

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Arianespace has successfully launched the 13th and 14th satellites in the Galileo constel-lation for the European Commission’s DG GROWTH (Directorate-General for Internal Mar-ket, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs), under a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA). The company’s second Soyuz launch of the year took place on May 24 at 5:48 am (local time) from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana. With this seventh Soyuz launch from CSG at the service of Galileo, the company has now orbited 14 satellites for the global navigation system. Before the end of 2016, Ari-anespace will launch four more Galileo satellites, using an Ariane 5 ES launch vehicle, enabling the system to offer its initial services. Today’s Soyuz success – the fourth launch overall in 2016 for Arianespace - marks the 250th launch from the Guiana Space Center with its family of launchers. This total, com-posed of 229 Ariane flights, 15 with Soyuz and six liftoffs of Vega, confirms Ari-anespace’s operational performance over time for the benefit of all its clients.