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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:

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:

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.

Corporate governance

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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