Press Release

100th countdown for European launcher ARIANE 5

Augsburg, September 26, 2018. Today MT Aerospace an Augsburg based company, and a subsidary of OHB SE, is celebrating the 100th launch of the ARIANE 5 from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana. This anniversary launch marks an important milestone for European space travel. Ariane5 is an ESA program with ArianeGroup as prime  industrial lead contractor. MT can proudly show itself to the public as a key partner in the successful development of the launcher.

Since its first launch in 1996, the ARIANE 5 has proved to be the most reliable, powerful and successful launch vehicle to date. MT Aerospace in Augsburg is an important production site responsible for engineering large components for ARIANE 5 and thus makes a significant contribution to the project’s considerable success. This makes it all the more gratifying for the company that the launcher is now lifting off from the spaceport in Kourou for the one hundredth time.

Hans J. Steininger, CEO of MT Aerospace, looks back today with pride: “We have been involved in the assembly of the Ariane launchers from the outset in 1973 and have been able to steadily increase our contribution to the program since then. Driven by high demands and constant further development, the company’s production processes have been improved and, with the aid of a newly developed weld booster, have made a significant contribution to enhancing the competitiveness of the European ARIANE 5 launcher. For this reason, ArianeGroup has also awarded MT Aerospace a contract for the production of components for the follow-up ARIANE 6 vehicle. In this way, MT Aerospace is helping to keep European access to space open.


Nivart Holsworth// PR & Communication // Phone: +49 821 505 1033 // E-Mail


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