Astrium reinforces reliability of the Ariane programme
Astrium Space Transportation, prime contractor for the Ariane 5 launcher, brought together its partners on 15 October 2010 to better harmonise work on the Ariane programme.
Continuing efforts are a must to prolong the series of 38 consecutive successful Ariane 5 ECA launches, Astrium said. The talks focused on ways of insuring excellence, product quality and future developments for Ariane.
As prime contractor for development and production work on the launcher, Astrium has final responsibility for overall quality and has stepped up its supervision of the programme. Astrium has conducted an internal audit and also introduced the Ariane Supply Chain Excellence Programme (ASCEP), which was launched over a year ago.
The audit results showed that maintaining competitiveness remained tenuous and needed to be better guaranteed. Alain Charmeau, CEO of Astrium Space Transportation, underlined the necessity of launching the development phase on the Ariane 5 Midlife Evolution (ME) to reinforce the overall effectiveness and the robustness of the industrial chain.