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