ABOUT THE SATELLITES: Doresa and Milena – named after the respective German and Estonian winners of a European Commission children’s art competition – were built by prime-contractor OHB System of Germany, with the spacecraft’s navigation payloads supplied by the UK’s Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
Marking another “first” on today’s Soyuz Flight VS09, these initial Galileo spacecraft were the first-ever OHB-built satellites lofted by Arianespace – a partnership that will continue to grow, as OHB System is responsible for building all 22 Galileo satellites in this series of the program’s FOC phase.
Following Flight VS09, Arianespace has now operated seven successful flights in 2014 across its complete launcher family. This year’s activity to date includes three Soyuz and Ariane 5 flights each, along with one mission performed by Vega.
ABOUT ARIANESPACE: Arianespace will be responsible for ensuring all of the 22 FOC satellites manufactured by the German group OHB System alongside the British company Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd are taken into circular orbit at an altitude of 23,522 km using a combination of five Soyuz launch-vehicles (two satellites per launch) and three Ariane 5 ES launch-vehicles (four satellites per launch). The 22 operational satellites will join the four IOV satellites (IOV 1&2 and IOV 3&4) launched successfully by Arianespace from the Guiana Space Center back in 2011 and 2012.