Ariane - Europe's access to space
Ariane
Europe's access to space
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Ariane - Europe's access to space

In 1973, the European states decided to implement the Ariane programme – one of the most successful European technology programmes – to enable Europe to have independent access to space. Germany has been an important partner from the start. Space transport continues to play a key role today in both European and German space strategy. The ultimate goal has been to develop a reliable, flexible, competitive European launch system. The Ariane programme has been fulfilling this role for 35 years and today offers a high-performance launch vehicle in the form of Ariane 5. The Vega small launcher and the Russian Soyuz rocket, which, like Ariane, are launched from Europe's spaceport in French Guiana, complement this solution. More about the Ariane programme.