Eutelsat to Arianespace: Your Prices are Too High

Eutelsat defends choice of Chinese rocket

Eutelsat Communications on Thursday defended its decision to choose a Chinese rocket to launch its next satellite, saying it offered the best price and schedule.

The head of European aerospace giant Arianespace, Jean-Yves Le Gall, had on Wednesday criticised the Paris-based satellite operator’s decision to use a Chinese Long March rocket to send its W3B satellite into space.

But Eutelsat deputy chief executive Jean-Paul Brillaud said the company’s decision was based on time and money.

“The launch date guarantee was a main factor in the choice that we made,” he told AFP by telephone from a satellite conference in Washington.

There was also “a question of price,” he said, adding that Ariane “has significantly raised its prices.”

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