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Europe’s Spaceport guarantees independent, reliable access to space for Europe. On French territory in South America, it is home to ESA-developed rocket families: Ariane and Vega. Situated 500 km north of the equator, rockets gain extra performance thanks to a ‘slingshot effect’ from the speed of Earth’s rotation. More than 240 launches since 1990 have served customers from all around the world. Europe's Spaceport is working towards 90% renewable energy sources by the end of 2025. This launch base and the jungle that surrounds it covers 690 km2 and protects an abundance of wildlife and plants.

Key dates

1964: Creation of the spaceport
1968: First launch (Veronique)
1970: First Diamant launch
1979: First Ariane launch
1988: First Ariane 4 launch
1996: First Ariane 5 launch
2011: First Soyuz launch
2012: First Vega launch
2020: Start of Core Launch Range Renewal

Europe’s Spaceport

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    Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana

    17/02/2020 9759 views 113 likes
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    Europe's rockets

    02/09/2019 25151 views 182 likes
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    Europe's rockets
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    ESA Space Transportation

    10/02/2021 761 views 26 likes
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    ESA safeguards Europe’s independent access to space
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    To space! But on which rocket?

    04/06/2019 5756 views 69 likes
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    To space! But on which rocket?
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    Ariane 6 launch complex – December 2020

    12/01/2021 3554 views 71 likes
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    Tour the Ariane 6 launch complex at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana
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    Ariane 6 early combined tests at Europe’s Spaceport

    12/11/2020 2045 views 21 likes
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    Watch the preparation, transfer and integration of a mockup Ariane 6 core stage with mockup strap-on boosters on the launch table at Europe’s Spaceport.
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    Europe's Spaceport seen from space

    05/10/2021 16 views 0 likes
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    The launch facilities at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana including the new Ariane 6 launch complex in the centre, are clearly visible from space
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    Europe's Spaceport, back to business

    29/05/2020 7008 views 70 likes
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