Milestones
Since its creation in 1980 as the world's first commercial space transportation company, Arianespace has led the launch services industry with many operational firsts and numerous record-setting missions
2015
June

Jun 25, 2015 Jun 25, 2015

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Commercial agreement

OneWeb announces its agreement for Arianespace’s role in deploying the OneWeb Constellation – involving 21 Soyuz launches , plus options for five additional Soyuz missions and three with the next-generation Ariane 6. The first Arianespace launch will take place in late 2017 and the full deployment will be completed by the end of 2019 – supporting the timely deployment for this global connectivity constellation.

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Jun 16, 2015 Jun 16, 2015

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Planned changes in Arianespace’s shareholding structure signal a major step forward in the refoundation of European launcher industry governance: Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) reaches an agreement with the French State and the French CNES space agency to transfer CNES's stake in Arianespace. After the completion of all regulatory consultation and approval procedures, Airbus Safran Launchers in consequence plans to hold 74 percent of Arianespace's share capital.

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May

May 18, 2015 May 18, 2015

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Corporate milestone

Representing its best-ever turnover, Arianespace officially reports €1.399 billion in revenue for 2014 – a 41 percent increase from the previous year. The company also generated a net income of €3 million in 2014, with 11 total flights of its complete launcher family.

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April

Apr 28, 2015 Apr 28, 2015

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Commercial agreement

Arianespace announces its 10th launch contract signing with Arabsat, with this latest agreement for the orbiting of HellaSat-4/Saudi Geo Satellite-1 in 2018 on Ariane 5.

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March

Mar 17, 2015 Mar 17, 2015

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Commercial agreement

Skybox Imaging signs with Arianespace to launch a block of high-resolution imaging satellites from the Spaceport in 2016, becoming the first U.S. customer for Vega.

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January

Jan 6, 2015 Jan 6, 2015

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Corporate milestone

Arianespace announces record revenues logged in 2014 – which are based on the company’s 11 total missions performed from French Guiana using Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega launchers in the year. In doing so, Arianespace also set another all-time record, lofting 77.1 metric tons (23 satellites) into orbit during the 12-month period.

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2014
December

Dec 18, 2014 Dec 18, 2014

With Soyuz’ on-target deployment of four connectivity satellites for operator O3b Networks on Flight VS10, Arianespace surpassed 500 satellites lofted since its creation in 1980. The mission also marked the company’s 11th total launch across its Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega vehicles in 2014, which is a record for most in a year from the Spaceport since the complete launcher family’s introduction in French Guiana.

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October

Oct 29, 2014 Oct 29, 2014

Arianespace signs the order for its acquisition of 10 Vega launchers from Italy’s ELV, with these vehicles entering service at the end of 2015 and representing three years of operations. The production contract confirms the long-term viability of Vega, now established as the best launch vehicle in the light-lift class.

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July

Jul 29, 2014 Jul 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.

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April

Apr 29, 2014 Apr 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.

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February

Feb 6, 2014 Feb 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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January

Jan 7, 2014 Jan 7, 2014

Arianespace announces its results for 2013, during which the company logged an unprecedented order intake of 18 launch contracts worth €1.4 billion, providing an overall record business backlog valued at €4.3 billion and equal to more than three years of launches.

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2013
December

Dec 19, 2013 Dec 19, 2013

Arianespace wraps up a banner year in terms of commercial orders – with 15 satellites won for Ariane 5 launches to geostationary transfer orbit, and four satellites booked for Vega.

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Dec 19, 2013 Dec 19, 2013

Soyuz Flight VS06 orbits the European Space Agency’s Gaia billion-star mapping spacecraft, marking the 25th spacecraft dedicated to science launched by Arianespace.

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Dec 14, 2013 Dec 14, 2013

Arianespace signs the contract for 18 additional Ariane 5 ECA launchers with Astrium, following an agreement concluded earlier in the year for long-lead items on these vehicles. This latest batch will be available for missions starting in 2017.

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Dec 6, 2013 Dec 6, 2013

The construction go-ahead is given for a new facility to fuel the Soyuz vehicle’s Fregat upper stage, to be located in French Guiana at the Spaceport’s Soyuz launch complex.

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September

Sep 17, 2013 Sep 17, 2013

Arianespace signs an initial agreement with Astrium to begin production of 18 additional Ariane 5 ECA launchers, covering long-lead items and early production activities for these heavy-lift vehicles valued at more than 400 million euros.

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Sep 9, 2013 Sep 9, 2013

Arianespace reaches a record backlog of orders from 26 customers worth more than 4 billion euros, following the announcement of five new launch contracts at Euroconsult's World Satellite Business Week in Paris.

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May

May 7, 2013 May 7, 2013

Vega’s second flight from French Guiana marks the start-up of mission operations under Arianespace responsibility for this light-lift launcher. A trio of satellites, including Vega’s first commercial payload, are orbited during the successful mission.

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April

Apr 18, 2013 Apr 18, 2013

Stéphane Israël is appointed Chairman & CEO of Arianespace, succeeding Jean-Yves Le Gall – who led the company since 2001 and earlier in April 2013 was named President of French space agency CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales).

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March

Mar 18, 2013 Mar 18, 2013

Arianespace announces a three-satellite launch services contract for Intelsat, with the spacecraft to be orbited through 2017 by Ariane 5 vehicles from the Spaceport. The deal covers the 52nd, 53rd and 54th payloads that Arianespace will orbit for this leading provider of satellite services, continuing a nearly 33-year partnership.

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Mar 4, 2013 Mar 4, 2013

Arianespace is selected to orbit the first two satellites for Australian operator National Broadband Network (NBN). These spacecraft are scheduled to be lofted by separate Ariane 5s in 2015 from the Spaceport. NBN’s satellites mark the eighth and ninth Australian satellites entrusted to Arianespace.

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February

Feb 8, 2013 Feb 8, 2013

Arianespace announces the signature of a long-term multiple launch services agreement with Eutelsat Communications. This accord covers up to four launches in the 2016-2017 timeframe and extends an agreement between the two companies signed in July 2012.

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Feb 6, 2013 Feb 6, 2013

Arianespace’s Starsem affiliate completes the fourth and final Soyuz mission contracted by Globalstar to deploy its second-generation satellite constellation on flights performed from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. This is Starsem’s 26th consecutive successful Soyuz launch since the company conducted its maiden commercial Soyuz mission from the Kazakhstan launch site in 1999.

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January

Jan 8, 2013 Jan 8, 2013

Arianespace announces an exceptional business performance for 2012, with its 10 commercial launch contracts signed for GTO (geostationary transfer orbit) payloads representing a 60 percent share of the worldwide market for the year.

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Jan 4, 2013 Jan 4, 2013

A Vega launch contract is signed by Arianespace with Astrium for the VNREDSat-1A Earth observation satellite on behalf of the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology. This Astrium-built payload is scheduled to be orbited during the second quarter of 2013 on Vega’s no. 2 mission from French Guiana.

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2012
December

Dec 19, 2012 Dec 19, 2012

Ariane 5 lofts the Skynet 5D and Mexsat Bicentenario satellites, wrapping up a year in which 10 Arianespace launcher family missions are performed from the Spaceport. This activity involved seven heavy-lift Ariane 5 flights, two with the medium-lift Soyuz, and the lightweight Vega’s inaugural launch.

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November

Nov 26, 2012 Nov 26, 2012

EchoStar selects Arianespace to launch multiple new satellites over a multi-year period from the Spaceport in French Guiana. This new contract provides EchoStar with launch capacity and flexibility for its satellite program. EchoStar’s relationship with Arianespace dates back to 1996 with the launch of EchoStar II.

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August

Aug 2, 2012 Aug 2, 2012

Arianespace confirms the reliability and performance of Ariane 5 with the heavy-lift launcher’s 50th consecutive mission success. This milestone mission orbits the Intelsat 20 and HYLAS 2 satellites, delivering a world-record performance of nearly 10.2 metric tons total mass launched to geostationary transfer orbit.

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June

Jun 20, 2012 Jun 20, 2012

Arianespace signs a Vega launch contract with Astrium for the DZZ-HR high-resolution observation satellite, which will be operated by Kazakhstan. Scheduled for orbiting in the second quarter of 2014, the DZZ-HR agreement marks Arianespace’s third contract for Vega, and the first to serve an end-customer outside of Europe.

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May

May 15, 2012 May 15, 2012

Arianespace’s total number of primary satellite passengers launched in its operations from French Guiana surpasses the 300 milestone with an Ariane 5 mission that orbits the JCSAT-13 and VINASAT-2 communications satellites. This overall total does not include some 50 additional auxiliary or secondary payloads lofted on Arianespace flights.

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February

Feb 13, 2012 Feb 13, 2012

The qualification flight of Vega – performed under European Space Agency responsibility – is a success, clearing the way for Arianespace to take charge of the lightweight launcher’s commercialization and operation.

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2011
December

Dec 29, 2011 Dec 29, 2011

An Arianespace/Starsem Soyuz mission from Baikonur Cosmodrome with Globalstar second-generation satellites closes out a very busy year of launch activity. The total of nine flights performed during 2011 were composed of two Soyuz launches at Baikonur Cosmodrome conducted by Starsem on behalf of its Arianespace parent, along with Arianespace’s first two Soyuz liftoffs from the Spaceport in French Guiana, and five Ariane 5 missions from the Spaceport – lofting a total of 29 payloads with a combined mass of more than 63,000 kg.

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Dec 14, 2011 Dec 14, 2011

Arianespace announces the first commercial contract signing for its Vega lightweight launcher, booking two satellites in the Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 families dedicated to Europe's GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) program. The launches are scheduled for 2014-2016 from the Spaceport in French Guiana.

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November

Nov 7, 2011 Nov 7, 2011

For the first time, flight preparations are underway with each member of Arianespace’s full launcher family operating from French Guiana: the heavy-lift Ariane 5, the medium Soyuz and lightweight Vega. This activity further underscores Arianespace’s ability to offer mission performance truly tailored to customer requirements in missions from the Spaceport.

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October

Oct 24, 2011 Oct 24, 2011

The Arianespace launcher family becomes a reality as operational versions of the Vega, Soyuz and Ariane 5 are present in French Guiana, positioned for upcoming missions. The no. 1 Vega for this lightweight launcher’s VV01 qualification flight in January 2012 arrives from Europe aboard the MN Colibri sea-going ship, along with a heavy-lift Ariane 5 for the VA205 mission in early 2012 with Europe’s third Automated Transfer Vehicle. They join a Soyuz that is being prepared for Arianespace’s second launch of the medium-lift vehicle from the Spaceport, which is scheduled for December 16, 2011.

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Oct 21, 2011 Oct 21, 2011

The medium-lift Soyuz enters Arianespace’s launcher family at the Spaceport with a successful inaugural flight that orbits Europe’s first two Galileo navigation satellites.

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Oct 7, 2011 Oct 7, 2011

The second launch campaign for a Soyuz mission from French Guiana begins, putting in motion the preparations for a mid-December 2011 liftoff with the French CNES space agency’s Pleiades optical Earth observation satellite, accompanied by five supplemental payloads. This activity is performed in parallel with preparations for Soyuz’ maiden flight from the Spaceport.

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Oct 6, 2011 Oct 6, 2011

The first Vega to be launched from the Spaceport departs Europe aboard the MN Colibri roll-on/roll-off ship for its sea-going voyage to French Guiana. After arriving at the Spaceport, this Vega will be prepared for a liftoff scheduled in January 2012 with a multi-spacecraft payload composed of the LARES satellite and nine small cubesats from European universities. This will serve as the vehicle’s qualification flight, opening a series of missions to demonstrate the launch system’s flexibility.

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August

Aug 16, 2011 Aug 16, 2011

Arianespace marks a major milestone in the expansion of its launcher family as launch campaign activity begins for the first Soyuz mission from French Guiana. The historic flight is scheduled for liftoff on October 20 with a payload of two In-Orbit Validation (IOV) spacecraft for Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system.

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May

May 5, 2011 May 5, 2011

The medium-lift Soyuz - which is Arianespace's newest launcher family member - takes a major step closer to its service introduction with a highly realistic simulated launch from the Spaceport.

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April

Apr 29, 2011 Apr 29, 2011

Soyuz marks a major step closer to its service introduction at the Spaceport with the Russian-built vehicle’s first rollout to the launch pad during a full-scale “dry run” exercise. The maiden flight of Soyuz from French Guiana later is targeted by Arianespace for later in 2011 with two European Galileo navigation satellites.

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Apr 22, 2011 Apr 22, 2011

During a successful mission at the service of two new customers – the Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, and a joint venture of Intelsat and Convergence Partners – Arianespace sets a new heavyweight record with its workhorse Ariane 5 launcher: a combined payload mass of 8,956 kg. for the Yahsat Y1A and Intelsat New Dawn satellites, delivering a total lift performance of 10,050 kg. to geostationary transfer orbit.

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February

Feb 6, 2011 Feb 6, 2011

The historic 200th flight of an Ariane family vehicle successfully orbits Europe’s second Automated Transfer Vehicle, which is the heaviest payload ever lofted by Ariane 5.

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2010
December

Dec 31, 2010 Dec 31, 2010

Another highly successful year is completed, with Ariane 5 orbiting 12 telecommunications satellites in six dual-payload missions from the Spaceport, along with a Soyuz flight from Baikonur Cosmodrome that lofted six Globalstar second-generation satellites. In new business, 12 contracts were signed by Arianespace for GTO payloads in 2010, which were complemented by 12 spacecraft to be placed in low- and medium-Earth orbit on Soyuz missions.

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Dec 27, 2010 Dec 27, 2010

Arianespace is granted its license as a launch service operator, in application of French law on space operations.

May

May 21, 2010 May 21, 2010

Arianespace successfully lofts the ASTRA 3B commercial telecommunications satellite and Germany's COMSATBw-2 military relay platform from Europe’s Spaceport, marking the 50th flight of its heavy-lift Ariane 5.

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May 8, 2010 May 8, 2010

The no. 1 Soyuz assembled at the Spaceport completes its initial phase of integration with the mating of the four first-stage strap-on boosters to the Block A core second stage. This will be the first Soyuz 2-1a vehicle to be operated from French Guiana by Arianespace.

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March

Mar 26, 2010 Mar 26, 2010

Arianespace marks the 30th anniversary of its creation as the world's first commercial space transportation company. Now the world’s leading launch Service & Solutions provider, Arianespace has lofted more than half of all the commercial satellites currently in service worldwide.

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January

Jan 28, 2010 Jan 28, 2010

The support contract for Vega’s first launch campaign is signed by Arianespace and the European Space Agency. Testing of the lightweight launcher will be conducted at Europe's Spaceport starting in April 2010, paving the way for the first flight later in the year.

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Jan 26, 2010 Jan 26, 2010

Arianespace signs a launch contract for the first 10 spacecraft in Europe's planned Galileo satellite positioning system in the Netherlands. These spacecraft will be orbited in pairs starting in December 2012, using five Soyuz launchers operated from the Spaceport in French Guiana.

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