The Ariane programme refers to a set of launchers designed by the Arianespace consortium on behalf of the ESA. It was born at the end of the 70’s and saw its full development with the Ariane 1, Ariane 3 and Ariane 4 launchers. The first four models were followed by Ariane 5, developed at the beginning of the 80’s to meet the market demands, which required heavy launchers to increase the weight of the on-board payloads. Ariane 5 is capable of carrying loads up to 10 tons in a geostationary transfer orbit (Gto).

Ariane was launched from the Kourou Space Centre in French Guyana, which is ideal due to its proximity to the equator, which allows a significant advantage as regards the launch of vectors.

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THURSDAY 17 DECEMBER 2020

Josef Aschbacher is the new ESA Director General ‣

The ESA Council appointed Dr Josef Aschbacher as the next Director General of ESA MORE...

THURSDAY 15 OCTOBER 2020

ASI and JAXA sign the Memorandum of Cooperation ‣

The Space Agencies to cooperate in space activities for peaceful purposes MORE...

TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER 2020

International Partners Advance Cooperation with First Signings of the Artemis Accords   ‣

 International cooperation on and around the Moon as part of the Artemis program is taking a step forward today with the signing of the Artemis Accords between NASA and several partner countries MORE...

WEDNESDAY 07 OCTOBER 2020

1st Space Economy Leaders Meeting – Space20 ‣

Italian Space Agency (ASI) to host the 2nd Space Economy Leaders Meeting in 2021

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MONDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2020

MARSIS, SALTY WATER BENEATH MARS’ SOUTH POLE CONFIRMED ‣

Marsis: New discovery of a complex system of hypersaline water ponds under the Martian South polar cap MORE...