Saab Ericsson Space, Göteborg, Sweden, has been awarded an order for
additionally forty Ariane 5 onboard computers. The contract signed with
Matra Marconi Space of Toulouse, covers development and manufacture work
for twenty launchers and deliveries will be in progress until 2003.
The task of Saab Ericsson Space's onboard computers, there are two in the
Ariane 5 version, is to monitor and guide the vehicle during the twenty
minutes' long launch into the targeted altitude for satellite separation.
The computers are robustly constructed for highest stability with a built-
in fault tolerance increasing the reliability in the event of
Saab Ericsson Space has been the main supplier of Ariane's onboard
computers since the start of the launcher programme in 1979. Until now 129
vehicles have been launched from Kourou in French Guiane, all of them
carrying equipment from Saab Ericsson Space. Both Ariane 4 and Ariane 5
will commercially operate the years to come depending on demanded lift
force. The launcher payload consists primarily of telecommunications
satellites but also satellites for weather forecast, Earth observation and
Saab Ericsson Space is an independent supplier of space equipment. The
company develops and manufactures computers, antenna systems, microwave
electronics and guidance and separation systems for launch vehicles,
satellites and other spacecraft, and is the world leader in several of its
The headquarters is located in Gothenburg, a Technical Division is at Saab
in Linköping and there are subsidiaries in Austria and the USA. Of the
company's 650 employees, more than half hold Master's or Doctor's degrees
in technical fields.
Saab Ericsson Space is jointly owned by Saab and Ericsson.
Saab is Northern Europe's leading high technology company and operates
within the defense and aerospace areas and offers leading-edge products
and systems built on sophisticated information technology. Its business
areas are Infomatics, Aerospace, Dynamics, Technical Support & Services,
Space and Aviation Services. Saab has 16,800 employees.
For more information, please contact:
Iréne Svensson, Communications DirectorTel +46 31 735 4463
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