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Arianespace at a glance

Arianespace was founded in 1980 as the world’s first commercial satellite launch company. Its shareholders include the French space agency CNES, Astrium and all European space companies, representing 10 European countries. As of January 1, 2013, the company had 315 employees, at corporate headquarters in Evry, at the Guiana Space Center (CSG) - launch site for Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega - and at local offices in Washington DC, Singapore and Tokyo.

In 2012, seven launches of Ariane 5, two launches of Soyuz at CSG and one launch of Vega generated a turnover of 1 329 M€, increased by more than 30 percent compared to 2011, with balanced accounts.

Since its creation, Arianespace has signed contracts with 85 customers worldwide carrying out 215 Ariane launches, 31 Soyuz launches (five at CSG and 26 at Baikonur via its subsidiary, Starsem) and the two first launches of Vega. More than half of the commercial satellites in service today were launched by Arianespace.


Arianespace provides launch services to commercial satellite operators and government space agencies around the globe based on a complete family of launchers:

Capitalizing on its complete family of launchers with proven reliability and availability, Arianespace wins more than half of the commercial launch contracts open to competition worldwide each year.

Arianespace’s healthy order book (as of November 1, 2013) currently has contracts with 25 different customers, equal to more than three years of business:

In 2013, four launches of Ariane 5 have been performed, one launch of Soyuz from the Guiana Space Center (in addition to one launch which was made from Baikonur in February) and one launch of Vega, already performed. Two more launches are scheduled before the end of the year: one Ariane 5 and one Soyuz from French Guiana.

Based on impressive launch performance and a large backlog of orders, Arianespace is the world’s leading launch company, capturing much more than 50 percent of the commercial satellite launch market year after year.

Corporate governance

Arianespace’s shareholders are represented by the Board of Directors. Stéphane Israël is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Louis Laurent is Senior Vice President, Programs, Jean-Max Puech is Senior Vice President, Finance and Jacques Breton is Senior Vice President, Sales & Customers.

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