- July 29, 2014
On Ariane Flight VA219, Arianespace carries out its 60th consecutive successful mission with the heavy-lift Ariane 5 workhorse, lofting the fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle for the European Space Agency. This spacecraft – with a mass of more than 20 metric tons at liftoff – is also the heaviest payload ever launched by Europe.
- April 29, 2014
Arianespace’s fourth mission in 2014 – Vega Flight VV03, which delivered the Republic of Kazakhstan’s first Earth observation satellite to Sun-synchronous orbit – puts Arianespace on track for a record 12 launches to be performed during the year.
- February 6, 2014
Arianespace performs the 250th launch with its complete launcher family of Vega, Soyuz and Ariane-series vehicles. This milestone Ariane 5 liftoff (Flight VA217) successfully orbits ABS-2 for global satellite operator ABS and the French-Italian Athena-Fidus spacecraft.
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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, 2014, the company had 330 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 D.C., Singapore and Tokyo.
In 2013, four launches of Ariane 5, two launches of Soyuz at CSG and one launch of Vega generated a turnover of 989 M€, with a slight loss.
Since its creation, Arianespace has signed contracts with 85 customers worldwide carrying out 217 Ariane launches, 33 Soyuz launches (seven at CSG and 26 at Baikonur via its subsidiary, Starsem) and the three 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:
- The Ariane 5 heavy-lift launch vehicle (73 launches to date, including 59 successful missions in a row).
- The Soyuz medium-size launcher (seven successful launches); Soyuz is also operated at Baikonur with Starsem (26 commercial launches, all successful).
- The Vega light-weight launcher (three successful launches).
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 June 12, 2014) has contracts with 27 different customers, equal to more than three years of business:
- 20 Ariane 5 launches;
- eight Soyuz launches;
- nine Vega launches.
In 2014, four launches have been performed so far at the Guiana Space Center: two launches of Ariane 5, one launch of Soyuz and one launch of Vega.
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.
Arianespace’s shareholders are represented by the Board of Directors. Stéphane Israël is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Louis Laurant is Senior Vice President, Programs, and Jacques Breton is Senior Vice President, Sales & Customers.
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