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Arianespace plans a record number of launches in 2018
Posted: Sun, Jan 14, 2018, 5:43 PM ET (2243 GMT)
Ariane 5 launch of four Galileo satellites, Dec. 2017 (ESA) Arianespace expects to carry out a record number of launches in 2018. The company announced Tuesday it's planning 14 launches this year, including seven Ariane 5, four Soyuz and three Vega missions. Arianespace announced Tuesday that it signed a contract with Intelsat for two launches, including of the Galaxy-30 communications satellite Intelsat ordered from Orbital ATK earlier this week. Arianespace also said it's placed an order for a final batch of 10 Ariane 5 rockets that will cover launches into the early 2020s as the new Ariane 6 rocket enters service.
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