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.