To date, Arianespace has been involved in two initiatives: the first focused on providing disinfecting solution for French Guiana, home to Europe’s Spaceport and the Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega launch sites; while the other supplied personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals in France, home country to the company’s headquarters.
Delivering disinfectant to French Guiana
Responding to a supply shortage, Arianespace and its ArianeGroup parent company – aided by the French CNES space agency – worked to rapidly produce disinfecting hydro-alcoholic solution, using the Spaceport’s chemical analysis laboratory and stocks of raw material.
Some 60 liters of hydro-alcoholic solution were created by the end of March, with two-thirds delivered to Kourou’s hospital center (Centre Hospitalier de Kourou). An additional 10 liters were earmarked for civil security needs as expressed by the French Interior Ministry’s Prefecture administration, while the remaining 10 liters were saved for use by launch site security personnel at the Spaceport.
Protective ponchos for healthcare workers in France
In the separate effort, more than 1,000 ponchos were delivered for use by hospitals in Paris and the surrounding region, as well redistributed by SOS Equipements association for its caregivers at homes across France and to nursing homes and municipal staff who help the elderly.
These ponchos, typically used to protect Arianespace’s guests from the tropical rains of French Guiana, are an effective alternative to the gowns that equip caregivers in contact with COVID-19 patients.
- For additional details on the hydro-alcoholic solution deliveries in French Guiana, watch the local news report from the Guyane la 1ère TV station.
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