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Airbus Safran Launchers
Joint venture
FoundedJanuary 1, 2015; 5 years ago (2015-01-01)
FounderAirbus Defence and Space, Safran
Number of locations
13 main locations and facilities
Revenue3.0 billion (2016)
Number of employees
9,000 (2016)
Footnotes / references

ArianeGroup formerly Airbus Safran Launchers is a joint venture of the European aerospace company Airbus and the French group Safran, with its three core businesses: aerospace (orbital propulsion systems and equipment), defence and security with the objective of development and subsequent production of Ariane 6 . The company was established by 1 January 2015, its headquarters is in Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris.[4]

In 2016, the company's CEO was Alain Charmeau and the Chairman of the Board was Marc Ventre.[5]

The company's sites are Issy-les-Moulineaux, Saint-Médard-en-Jalles, Kourou (space center), Vernon, Le Haillan and Les Mureaux in France as well as Lampoldshausen, Bremen and Ottobrunn in Germany.[6][full citation needed]


Ariane Launch Vehicle[edit]

Ariane 62 (left) and Ariane 64 (right) in development by ArianeGroup

ArianeGroup is the primary contractor for manufacturing of the Ariane 5 launch vehicle, and provides commercial launch services through its subsidiary Arianespace.

On August 12, 2015, the European Space Agency ESA appointed Airbus Safran Launchers as principal contractor with the new development of the Ariane 6.[7]

Ballistic missiles[edit]

In May 2016, Airbus and Safran agreed that their joint venture would work on upgrading the M51 submarine-launched ballistic missile to the M51.3 standard for the French Navy.[8]

Orbital Propulsion Systems[edit]

The Orbital Propulsion Centre, a division of the ArianeGroup, is located in Lampoldshausen, Germany. The Lampoldshausen facility is the European centre of excellence for spacecraft propulsion.[9] Most ESA satellites and spacecraft fly with thrust or components from Lampoldshausen.[10]

The centre supplies complete propulsion systems, subsystems and component parts for satellites, orbital spacecraft, interplanetary spacecraft, re-entry vehicles, resupply missions to the International Space Station and currently the NASA / ESA Orion European Service Module.

See also[edit]


The ArianeGroup Chalet at Paris Air Show 2017
  1. ^ "Company profile - Ariane Group". ArianeGroup. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Security and Defence - Ariane Group". ArianeGroup. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Our main facilities and locations - Ariane Group". ArianeGroup. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  4. ^ Airbus Group, Safran: Press Release. Airbus Group und Safran gründen Joint Venture vom 3. Dezember 2014; Retrieved on February 8, 2016
  5. ^ ; Retrieved on February 8, 2016
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2016-02-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Airbus Safran Launchers: a highly promising first year" (PDF) (PDF). 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  8. ^ Pierre Tran (2016-05-10). "Airbus and Safran Agree to Space Launcher Joint Venture". Retrieved 2017-07-09.
  9. ^ "Orbital Propulsion Centre, Lampoldshausen, Germany".
  10. ^ "Spacecraft Propulsion Heritage".