Facts and figures

Founded in 1980, Arianespace provides guaranteed launch solutions for all types of satellites, to all orbits

Using space for a better life on earth

Arianespace provides guaranteed launch solutions for all types of satellites, whether institutional or commercial, to all orbits. The company was founded in 1980 with the following responsibilities:

  • An assigned mission of guaranteeing independent access to space for Europe.
  • A goal of being a leader in commercial space transport.
  • Arianespace orbits satellites for all types of space-based applications: telecommunications, navigation, science, Earth observation, technology demonstrations, etc.

Three launch solutions

Ariane 5, the heavy launcher

  • The global benchmark for launches to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).
  • 90 launches, including 76 successful launches in a row since 2003.

Soyuz, the medium launcher

  • Versatile, and especially well suited to the deployment of constellations.
  • 15 launches from the Guiana Space Center since 2011, and 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, via Starsem (40 successful missions).

Vega, the light launcher

  • Ideally suited for the launch of Sun-synchronous Earth observation satellites.
  • 8 launches, all successful, since being introduced in 2012.

Launch sites

  • Guiana Space Center (CSG) in French Guiana, near the equator in South America, for all three launchers.
  • Baikonur, Kazakhstan, in Central Asia, for Soyuz, via Starsem.

The global benchmark in launch services

  • More than 545 satellites orbited since the outset (over half of all telecom satellites now in service worldwide).
  • More than 1.4 billion euros in revenues (2015).
  • Order book worth more than 5.2 billion euros for 55 launches and 32 customers:
    • 20 Ariane 5 launches, including 4 dedicated missions and 16 missions to launch 32 satellites into GTO,
    • 27 Soyuz launches,
    • 08 Vega launches.
  • 2016 operational record: 11 launches, including 7 by Ariane 5, 2 by Soyuz, and 2 by Vega.

Multidisciplinary skills and expertise, global presence

More than 300 employees dedicated to customer service, at facilities in:

  • France, at company headquarters in Evry, near Paris
  • South America: the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana
  • United States: Washington, D.C.
  • Japan: Tokyo
  • Singapore.

Repartition of Arianespace capital

Arianespace’s capital is held by 20 shareholders representing the entire European space industry

Belgium_30 Belgium 3.36 %
S.A.B.C.A. SA (Sté Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques) 2.71
Thales Alenia Space Belgium 0.33
Techspace Aero SA 0.32
da-lgflag_30 Denmark n.s.
Christian Rovsing A/S n.s.
fr-lgflag_30 France 64.10
Air Liquide SA 1.89
Airbus Safran Launchers Holding 27.42
Clemessy SA 0.11
CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) 34.68
Compagnie Deutsch SAS n.s.
Diverses Personnes Physiques n.s.
Germany 19.85
Airbus Safran Launchers GmbH 11.59
MT Aerospace AG 8.26
Italy 3.38
Avio SpA 3.38
Netherlands 1.94
Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands BV 1.94
Norway 0.11
Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS 0.11
Spain 2.14
Airbus Defence and Space SAU 2.04
CRISA 0.11
Sweden 2.45
GKN Aerospace Sweden AB 1.63
RUAG Space AB 0.82
Switzerland 2.67
RUAG Schweiz AG 2.67


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