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.
Nothing is more gratifying than starting the holidays with good news! A good example of this is ESA's Ariane 5 programme, which has taken some important steps in the closing days of the current year – the ordering of a further 18 Ariane 5 ECA launchers for the existing Ariane operations, the successful completion of 'verification key points' for the Ariane 5 ME 'Midlife Evolution' development programme and the start of construction work on a new upper stage tank facility in Bremen.
Overview of the current launch dates of Ariane 5 from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, as well as all past missions.
At the DLR Institute of Space Propulsion in Lampoldshausen, and within the scope of the Ariane programme, both the engines of the current Ariane production as well as future ones will be tested.
Ariane 5 at a glance: from the Ariane 5G with the 5GS up to the current Ariane 5ECA and future Ariane 5ME.
Everyday life is dominated by information. Constantly growing volumes of data have to be transported around the globe. Satellite telecommunications play an important role in ensuring that such data reaches its destination reliably.
On 20 and 21 November 2012, delegates from the 20 member states of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Canada met at the 'Mostra d'Oltremare' conference centre in Naples, Italy.