12 Facts About Arianespace


Arianespace SA is a French company founded in 1980 as the world's first commercial launch service provider.

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Arianespace offers a number of different launch vehicles: the heavy-lift Ariane 5 for dual launches to geostationary transfer orbit, the Soyuz-2 as a medium-lift alternative, and the solid-fueled Vega for lighter payloads.

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Arianespace uses the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana as its main launch site.

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Formation of Arianespace SA is closely associated with the desire of several European nations to pursue joint collaboration in the field of space exploration and the formation of a pan-national organisation, the European Space Agency, to oversee such undertaking during 1973.

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Arianespace had offered launch services on the modified Soyuz ST-B to its clients.

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On 21 October 2011, Arianespace launched the first Soyuz rocket ever from outside former Soviet territory.

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Since 2011, Arianespace has ordered a total of 23 Soyuz rockets, enough to cover its needs until 2019 at a pace of three to four launches per year.

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On 21 January 2019, ArianeGroup and Arianespace announced that it had signed a one-year contract with the ESA to study and prepare for a mission to the Moon to mine regolith.

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In 2020, Arianespace suspended operations for nearly two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In 2015, Arianespace shareholding was restructured due to the creation of Airbus Safran Launchers, which is tasked with developing and manufacturing the Ariane 6 carrier rocket.

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Arianespace had halved subsidy support by €100m per year since 2002 but the fall in the value of the US Dollar meant Arianespace was losing €60m per year due to currency fluctuations on launch contracts.

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Currently Arianespace operates 3 launch vehicles, including two versions of Ariane 5:.

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