Airbus Defence and Space

30 years of Ariane

On Christmas Eve 1979, the first Ariane launcher propelled Europe into space...

Today, 30 years on, Ariane 5 continues to guarantee Europe’s free, independent and reliable access to space. And over those 30 years, the satellites that Ariane has launched have made our lives easier, more comfortable and more secure.

On Ariane’s 30th birthday, Airbus Defence and Space’s CEOs pay homage to this shining example of European industrial collaboration.

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