- Offers the commercial market’s greatest lift capacity, meeting operational needs of customers today and tomorrow
- Payload capacity of 10 metric tons delivered to GTO, up to 20 metric tons in LEO
- The world’s most launched vehicle, with over 1,700 manned and unmanned missions performed by the Soyuz family to date
- Payload capacity of 3,150 kg. delivered to GTO, 4,900 kg. into SSO
- Europe’s new lightweight launch vehicle, tailored for small- to medium-sized satellite payloads on missions to LEO and Sun-synchronous orbit
- Payload capacity of 1,500 kg. into a 700-km. circular polar orbit
Arianespace's launcher family – composed of the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega – provides performance and flexibility that enables the company to meet its motto: "any mass, to any orbit...anytime."
All three vehicles will operate side-by-side at the Spaceport in French Guiana, the world's only dedicated commercial launch site, and are supported by Arianespace's experienced teams.
As a result, Arianespace is the first service provider capable of offering mission performance truly tailored to its customers' requirements – bringing an integrated approach that is unique to the launch industry.
Ariane 5 has been in commercial operation with Arianespace since 1999, and is the heavy-lift launcher of choice for satellite operators and manufacturers around the world.
Soyuz joined the Arianespace family in 2011, bringing the world's longest-operating launcher to the Spaceport for medium-weight telecommunications, scientific, and Earth observation missions.
Vega is a new-generation launch vehicle developed to provide highly efficient access to low-Earth and Sun-synchronous orbits for small and medium-sized payloads. On its initial launch in February 2012, this light-lift vehicle demonstrated its mission flexibility by orbiting nine satellites.
With the capabilities of all three vehicles in commercial service, Arianespace is targeting a flight activity level of approximately 10 missions annually from French Guiana – consisting of an average seven Ariane 5 flights per year, plus two Soyuz missions and a Vega launch.