Space Industry • Member since 1997
Arianespace was founded in 1980 as the world’s first satellites launch company. Its shareholders are French space agency CNES, Astrium and all the European space companies, representing 10 European countries. On 1 October 2012, the company had 315 employees, at corporate headquarters in Evry, at the Guiana Space Center (CSG), launch site for Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega, and at local offices in Washington DC, Singapore and Tokyo. Since its creation, Arianespace has signed contracts with 80 customers and carried out 210 Ariane launches, launching more than half of the commercial satellites now in service worldwide, 28 Soyuz launches (3 at CSG and 25 at Baikonur via its subsidiary, Starsem) and the first launch of Vega. In 2011, Arianespace posted revenues of 1,013 M€.