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Ariane 5 on the launch pad. Credit: Arianespace
A 2011 file photo of an Ariane 5 rocket rolling out to the launch pad. Credit: Arianespace
Elzbieta Bienkowska, the European Commission’s lead space commissioner, speaking April 5 at the 33rd Space Symposium. Credit: Tom Kimmell
CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall speaking Tuesday at the 33rd Space Symposium. Credit: Tom Kimmell for SpaceNews
Eutelsat-172b, which left Toulouse, France, March 20 on an Antonov AR-124 transport plane for Cayenne, French Guiana, was returned to Airbus' Toulouse factory March 30. Credit: Airbus Defence and Space
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Ariane 5 Arianespace launcher
Arianespace Chief Executive Stephane Israel gets into the holiday spirit following the successful Dec. 21 launch of an Ariane 5 carrying satellites for Embratel Star One and Sky Perfect JSAT. Credit: video still of Arianespace launch broadcast
Ariane 5 on the launch pad. Credit: Arianespace
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Arianespace CEO Stephane Israel, shown above in September 2016,  said the Eumetsat contract came to the European launch provider competitively, despite being a from European government customer. Credit: SpaceNews

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