Final flight of an Ariane 3, and last launch from the ELA 1 launch complex. Payload is the European Olympus telecommunications satellite.
First mission for the Ariane 44L version of the Ariane 4 family, equipped with four solid strap-on boosters. Passengers are Japan's Super Bird A and DFS Kopernikus 1 telecommunications satellites.Read more
Final mission of an Ariane 2 launcher version. Payload is Sweden's Tele-X direct TV broadcast satellite.Read more
European space industry received orders to manufacture 50 Ariane 4 launchers.
Maiden flight of the increased-lift Ariane 4 version. Primary payloads are the U.S. PanAmSat 1 and European Meteosat P2. Germany's Amsat IIIC spacecraft is a secondary passenger.Read more
First successful launch of an Ariane 2 version. Payload is Germany's TV-SAT 1 television broadcast satellite.
European Space Agency member countries approve Ariane 5's development.
Ariane V17 mission is the first from the new ELA 2 launch complex at the Guiana Space Center. Passengers are the U.S. GTE Spacenet GStar 2 and Brazilian Brasilsat 2 telecommunications spacecraft.Read more
Ariane's V16 mission marks the last flight of the Ariane 1 version, and the first mission to heliosynchronous orbit. Primary payload is the French Spot 1 Earth observation satellite, with Sweden's Viking small scientific spacecraft as the secondary payload.Read more
Ministers of the European Space Agency countries approve the start of preparatory work on what is to become the Ariane 5 launch vehicle.
Ariane V9 launch, with the Spacenet 1 telecommunications satellite as payload, inaugurates the first commercial space transportation line. The mission uses the basic Ariane 1 launcher version, and is launched from the ELA 1 pad at the Guiana Space Center. The flight is the ninth mission for an Ariane.Read more
First flight of an increased-lift Ariane 3 version. Payloads are the European ECS 2 and French Telecom 1A telecommunications satellites.Read more
First commercial launch services contract signed, with the U.S. company GTE Spacenet as client.
Creation of Arianespace, the world's first commercial space transportation company.