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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, Airbus Defence & Space and all European space companies, representing 10 European countries. As of 1 January 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 DC, 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€. Moreover, 19 satellite launch orders have been awarded to Arianespace, which is unprecedented.

Since its creation, Arianespace has signed contracts with 90 customers worldwide carrying out 220 Ariane launches, 35 Soyuz launches (nine at CSG and 26 at Baikonur via its subsidiary, Starsem) and the first three 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 currently has contracts with 31 different customers, equal to more than three years of business:

In 2014, 11 launches are planned at CSG: six launches of Ariane 5, four launches 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.

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, Thomas Hundt is Senior Vice President, Finance, and Jacques Breton is Senior Vice President, Sales & Customers.

(As of: November 15, 2014)

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