Airbus Defence and Space

Ariane’s lift-off is just the beginning for Airbus Defence and Space’s satellites …

Since 1979, the various versions of the Ariane launchers have between them lofted over 300 satellites – for telecommunications, of all types, Earth observation, remote-sensing, environmental monitoring, scientific research, space exploration, astronomical missions, International Space Station support, and technology demonstrations. With a launch log as rich and varied as this, what follows can only offer the merest glimpse of some of Ariane’s passengers and their missions :