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ESA’s Ariane programme has been leading Europe to the forefront of space transportation for over 40 years. It is a triumph of engineering and the prize of great European industrial and political cooperation. As the size of satellites grew, Ariane 1 gave way to the more powerful version 2, 3, and 4. Today’s Ariane 5 is a highly reliable heavy-lift rocket able to place single or multiple payloads in any orbit. ESA extends this by offering more versatility and flexibility with its future Ariane 6.

Notable ESA launches

  • 1999 – XMM-Newton
  • 2002 – Envisat
  • 2003 – Smart-1
  • 2004 – Rosetta
  • 2008 – 19 360 kg Jules Verne ATV to ISS
  • 2009 – Herschel/Planck Observatory
  • 2018 – BepiColombo
  • 2019 – Four Galileo satellites
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    Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana

    17/02/2020 6661 views 98 likes
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    Ariane 5 liftoff

    18/02/2020 344 views 6 likes
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    Ariane 5 liftoff
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    Ariane 5 liftoff © Trevor Mahlmann

    27/11/2019 562 views 4 likes
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    Ariane 5 liftoff © Trevor Mahlmann
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    Ariane 5 soars to space ©John Kraus

    27/11/2019 3172 views 48 likes
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    Ariane 5 soars to space  ©John Kraus
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    Ariane 6 at Europe's Spaceport

    06/06/2019 2332 views 23 likes
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    Ariane 6 launch complex - March 2020

    09/04/2020 3431 views 31 likes
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    Take a tour the Ariane 6 launch facilities filmed on 1 March 2020 at Europe's Spaceport.