Ariane 5 becomes the first new-generation heavy-lift launcher to enter commercial service with the successful Flight 119/AR 504 mission. The launcher placed its XMM X-ray observatory satellite into an accurate elliptical orbit.Read more
Arianespace marks the 50th consecutive successful launch with the completion of Flight 124.
Three new payloads are announced for Arianespace launches: Insat 3A for the Indian Space Research Organisation, Telstar 7 for Space Systems/Loral and a yet unnamed satellite for PanAmSat. All three payloads are to be launched between the third quarter of 1999 and the third quarter of 2000.Read more
Arianespace orders 20 Ariane 5 launchers in the P2 production batch, adding to the 14 previously contracted during 1995 for the first production batch.
Matra Marconi Space signs with Arianespace for the launch of Nilesat 102, the second spacecraft for Egyptian TV satellite operator Nilesat SA.
Arianespace Chairman & CEO Jean-Marie Luton announces a contract with Orbital Sciences Corp. for Japan's BSAT-2a and BSAT-2b spacecraft.
Flight 114 with the Satmex 5 satellite uses a geostationary transfer orbit injection optimized by the maximum use Ariane 4's 3rd stage performance reserve.
The payload of 4,946kg. (10,881 lb.) with AfriStar and GE-5 on Flight 113 sets an all-time lift record for an Ariane 44L.
Ariane 5 is qualified for commercial operation following the successful Ariane 503 flight.
Flight 110 carries PAS-7, the 12th Arianespace launch for PanAmSat.
Arianespace kicks off 1999 with the 75th Ariane 4 on Flight 105, whose Brasilsat B3 and Inmarsat III F5 satellites bring to 300,000 kg. the total combined weight of satellites orbited by Ariane.Read more
Flight 104 ends a busy year for Arianespace, with the mission marking the shortest interval between two commercial launches – 19 days.
The Ariane 5 heavy-lift launcher carries its dual payload to orbit on the new vehicle's second qualification flight.
Ariane performs its 100th launch. Payload is the Intelsat 803 telecommunications satellite.
The Ariane 4 marks its 27th consecutive successful launch - a record for the program.
A new lift performance record is set for Ariane at 4,900 kg. (10,780 lb.) with the U.S. GE-2 and Argentine's Nahuel 1A telecommunications spacecraft.
Arianespace welcomes a new client with Flight 91's successful orbiting of the Echostar 2 telecommunications satellite. Echostar signed for the launch in the first half of the year, and Arianespace was able to provide the rapid launch urgently needed to ensure service continuity.Read more
Ariane 4 carries a new, stretched version of the mini-Spelda on Flight 89 with the Turksat 1C and Arabsat 2a satellites.
Flight 86 launches satellites for two new country clients: Indonesia's Palapa C2 and Amos for Israel.
Arianespace is chosen by Alcatel Espace to launch three satellites for WorldSpace, a U.S.-based international digital audio radio provider.
Arianespace launches its 14th mission in a period of 11.5 months with the V84 flight, which carries the Intelsat 707(A) telecommunications satellite.
Matra Marconi Space selects Arianespace to launch Nilesat – Egypt's first direct broadcast satellite.
Flight 81 with Telecom 2C and Insat 2C is the 11th, and final, launch for 1995 – marking a record number of Ariane missions in one year.
Ariane carries its 100th telecommunications satellite – Luxembourg's Astra 1E spacecraft.
The French-built Helios 1A is the first reconnaissance spacecraft launched by Ariane. Two piggyback payloads – Spain's UPM/Sat 1 and the French Cerise technological satellites – also are carried on the mission.Read more
Flight 73 introduces the H10 3 version of Ariane's third stage. The stage provides 30 more seconds of propulsion time and a payload increase of from 60 to 140 kg.
A new payload performance record for Ariane is set on Flight 65, with a combined weight of 4,617 kg. separated into orbit. Satellites for this mission are PanAmSat 2 and BS-3N.Read more
Ariane's total combined payload mass placed into orbit surpasses the 150 metric ton mark with Flight 61, which carries the Solidaridad 1 and Meteosat 6 spacecraft.
Arianespace celebrates the signing of its 100th launch contract.
Ariane marks its 50th flight with the launch of an Ariane 44L version with the French Telecom 2B and Inmarsat II-F4 telecommunications satellites. This Ariane also is the first of the P9 batch of 50 launchers ordered by Arianespace.Read more
An Ariane 44L version launches the heaviest satellite carried to date by Ariane – the 4,259-kg. (13,969-lb.) Intelsat 6 telecommunications spacecraft on flight V47.
Arianespace capital opened to new European partners (creation of Arianespace Participation).
First flight of an Ariane 40 version of the Ariane 4 family. Payload is the French Spot 2 Earth resources satellite, with four U.S. and two U.K. microsatellites as piggyback payloads on the ASAP auxiliary payload integration structure.Read more