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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SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2022

Artemis 1: ArgoMoon captured photos of the Earth and Moon ‣

NASA's Artemis 1 mission, carrying ArgoMoon, the satellite of the Italian Space Agency, developed and operated by Argotec, took off from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre on 16 November 2022 MORE...

FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2022

PRISMA images the Grand Canyon ‣

A new picture by the ASI hyperspectral satellite MORE...

FRIDAY 04 NOVEMBER 2022

Major port city in South Korea imaged by PRISMA ‣

This PRISMA acquisition covers the urban area of Busan MORE...

WEDNESDAY 02 NOVEMBER 2022

Keep on rocking, NEOROCKS! ‣

NEOROCKS s an EU H2020 project coordinated by INAF and involving 12 partners from 8 different countries MORE...

SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER 2022

Welcome back home, Samantha Cristoforetti ‣

The astronaut attended a press conference from the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne MORE...