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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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Deployment test of James Webb Space Telescope's primary mirror
Science & Exploration

James Webb Space Telescope to launch in October 2021

16/07/2020 5235 views 118 likes
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Kerbals in space
Agency

Kerbal includes Ariane 5 and real ESA missions for gamers

18/05/2020 35703 views 179 likes
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Ariane 5 liftoff
Enabling & Support

Ariane 5’s second launch of 2020

18/02/2020 3871 views 80 likes
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Ariane 5 liftoff   © John Kraus
Enabling & Support

40 years of Ariane

19/12/2019 3667 views 53 likes
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Ariane 5 liftoff
Enabling & Support

Ariane 5’s fourth launch this year

26/11/2019 2382 views 32 likes
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Artist's view of the configuration of Ariane 6 using four boosters (A64)
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Ariane 6 parts come together, Europe’s Spaceport prepares

26/11/2019 3228 views 48 likes
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Artist's view of Ariane 6 and Vega-C
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Signed protocols on exploitation of Ariane 6 and Vega-C

20/11/2019 1231 views 21 likes
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Enabling & Support

New rocket fairing design offers smoother quieter ride

22/10/2019 3369 views 39 likes
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Artist's view of the configuration of Ariane 6 using four boosters (A64)
Enabling & Support

Ariane 6’s core engine completes qualification tests

27/09/2019 15725 views 97 likes
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EDRS-C is launched
Applications

EDRS-C successfully launched

06/08/2019 10065 views 150 likes
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Enabling & Support

First rollout of Ariane 6 mobile gantry

29/07/2019 5344 views 99 likes
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Ariane 6
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Réaltra Space wins contract to monitor Ariane 6 launches

27/06/2019 1161 views 22 likes
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Flow-formed cylinder
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Cost-efficient manufacturing for rocket cylinders

24/06/2019 2168 views 34 likes
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Ariane 5 liftoff
Enabling & Support

Ariane 5’s second launch of 2019

21/06/2019 4075 views 82 likes
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Exploring Jupiter
Science & Exploration

Arianespace and ESA announce Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer lau…

17/06/2019 6848 views 109 likes
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Agency

Taking electronic dance music out of this world

10/06/2019 4136 views 59 likes
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Enabling & Support

Ariane 6 development on track

06/06/2019 4584 views 64 likes
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Support for European institutional customers
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Europe’s institutions on their use of Ariane 6 and Vega-C

11/04/2019 3552 views 53 likes
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New test facility for Ariane 6 upper stage

26/02/2019 2429 views 25 likes
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Ariane 5 liftoff
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Ariane 5’s first launch of 2019

05/02/2019 1794 views 26 likes
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Austrian Research Promotion Agency signs joint statement
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The Austrian Research Promotion Agency signs up to joint st…

30/01/2019 899 views 20 likes
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Artist's view of the configuration of Ariane 6 using four boosters (A64)
Enabling & Support

Ariane 6 on the way to flight

06/12/2018 9866 views 113 likes
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Ariane 5 liftoff
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Ariane 5’s sixth launch this year

04/12/2018 3105 views 66 likes
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Artist's view of Ariane 6 and Vega-C
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European institutions sign Joint Statement on European Inst…

25/10/2018 1798 views 25 likes
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Science & Exploration

BepiColombo blasts off to investigate Mercury’s mysteries

20/10/2018 16598 views 166 likes
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Ariane 5 liftoff
Enabling & Support

Ariane 5 – 100 and counting!

26/09/2018 4440 views 72 likes
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Enabling & Support

Ariane 6 launch table now on pad

20/09/2018 1750 views 27 likes
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Galileo liftoff
Applications

New satellite launch extends Galileo’s global reach

25/07/2018 9464 views 81 likes
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First hot firing of P120C motor for Vega-C and Ariane 6
Enabling & Support

Hot firing proves solid rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C

16/07/2018 6707 views 114 likes
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Solid rocket motor poised for first hot firing

09/07/2018 13865 views 142 likes
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Ariane 6
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ESA Council decides on the completion of Ariane 6 and endor…

14/06/2018 8210 views 147 likes
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Ariane 5 liftoff
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Ariane 5’s second launch of 2018

06/04/2018 5760 views 92 likes
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Building the Ariane 6 launch table
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Ariane 6 launch table takes shape in Kourou

16/02/2018 3280 views 35 likes
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P120C full-scale model is set to horizontal
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Second Ariane 6 and Vega-C solid rocket motor prepared for …

02/02/2018 3182 views 29 likes
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Enabling & Support

Ariane 6 launch site visit

30/01/2018 1197 views 17 likes
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Arianespace logo
Enabling & Support

Launch VA241: Ariane 5 delivers SES-14 and Al Yah 3 to orbit

26/01/2018 3179 views 37 likes
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First hot firing of Ariane 6’s Vulcain engine

23/01/2018 4005 views 72 likes
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Enabling & Support

ESA Euronews: Ariane 6

15/12/2017 1931 views 30 likes
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Galileo lifts off
Applications

Galileo launch brings navigation network close to completion

12/12/2017 14151 views 131 likes
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Ariane 6 launch zone
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Building Ariane 6 mobile gantry at Europe’s Spaceport

27/11/2017 3673 views 54 likes
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Vulcain 2.1
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Ariane 6’s Vulcain engine set for first firing

30/10/2017 6317 views 88 likes
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Inert propellant pours into P120C
Enabling & Support

Rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C is cast for testing

13/10/2017 5101 views 113 likes
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Ariane 5 liftoff
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Ariane 5’s fifth launch this year

30/09/2017 4128 views 90 likes
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Artist's view of the configuration of Ariane 6 using two boosters (A62)
Applications

Galileos set to fly on Ariane 6

15/09/2017 6761 views 95 likes
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Protective fairing encases the payload
Enabling & Support

ESA and industry collaborate to improve rocket fairings

28/08/2017 6174 views 48 likes
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Ariane 5 liftoff
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Ariane 5 launch proves reliability and flies new fairing

29/06/2017 5717 views 105 likes
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Ariane 5 liftoff
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Ariane 5 launches its heaviest telecom payload

02/06/2017 6310 views 120 likes
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Ariane 5 liftoff
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Ariane 5’s second liftoff this year

05/05/2017 6526 views 108 likes
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Ariane 5 liftoff
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Ariane 5’s first launch this year

14/02/2017 4645 views 101 likes
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