Another successful Arianespace launch: HOT BIRD™ 9 and W2M in orbit

On Saturday evening, December 20, Arianespace orbited two communications satellites for the European operator Eutelsat: HOT BIRD™ 9 and W2M.

42nd Ariane 5 launch, 28th success in a row, 6th launch in 2008.

Snecma played its part in this successful launch by providing the Vulcain® 2 main stage cryogenic engine for Ariane 5 ECA version and the HM7B upper stage engine. Snecma leads some 40 partners from 12 countries belonging to the European Space Agency (ESA) to produce the Vulcain®, Vulcain® 2 and HM7B engine, and to develop the Vinci® engine.

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