Troubled Sea Launch will face two vibrant, securely entrenched competitors, if and when it emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Arianespace, which turns 30 this year, conducted seven Ariane 5 launches in 2009—a new record. It also nailed 11 orders for the Ariane 5 and a record five for the medium-lift Soyuz, which it will begin lofting from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, this year. The higher launch pace was reflected in Arianespace revenues, which grew ...


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