Milestones Ariane 6
2019
August

August 5, 2019 August 5, 2019

Ariane 6

The fast track to GEO

Providing small satellites with a direct flight to Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit (GEO), Arianespace announces its innovative “GO-1” rideshare mission that will utilize a next-generation Ariane 64 version configured with the Multi-Launch Service carrying system.

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May

May 6, 2019 May 6, 2019

Ariane 6 series production begins

Arianespace signs an order with its ArianeGroup parent company to begin manufacturing the first series-production batch of 14 Ariane 6 launchers across Europe’s space industry. This announcement came after the initial institutional and commercial launch orders for this next-generation launch vehicle.

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2018
September

September 10, 2018 September 10, 2018

The first GEO-orbit commercial customer for Ariane 6 is Eutelsat

Eutelsat, which is one of the world’s leading satellite operators, becomes Arianespace’s first commercial customer booking Ariane 6 flights with geostationary orbit satellite payloads, signing a multi-year multiple-launch agreement covering five satellites to be launched through 2027.

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2017
September

September 14, 2017 September 14, 2017

First Ariane 6 contract

Arianespace receives the first launch contract for its next-generation Ariane 6, covering two future missions that will orbit satellites for Europe’s Galileo constellation using Ariane 62 versions The contract is to be conducted by the European Space Agency (ESA) on behalf of the European Commission and European Union.

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