The creation of Airbus Safran Launchers in 2015 opened a new chapter in the history of the launcher industry: Reflecting the joint ambition of Airbus Group and Safran to boost the European space industry to unscaled heights, this new company develops innovative and competitive solutions by uniting the strengths of two leading contributors to modern launch vehicles.
The goal of Airbus Safran Launchers is to provide comprehensive, advantageous solutions in this increasingly competitive market, based on a family of versatile, high-performance, cost-competitive launchers that meet the needs of both government and commercial customers.
The company is equally owned, combining Airbus Defence and Space’s expertise in launchers, and Safran’s expertise in liquid and solid rocket propulsion.
In its first four variants, our Ariane put half of the world’s commercial satellites into orbit. Ariane 5 has achieved over 70 consecutive launches – a record by a considerable margin.
With Ariane 6, Airbus Safran Launchers has the full industrial responsibility to develop a competitive solution for a long-term European access to space. This launcher will be developed in two variants, each with a broad range of institutional and commercial applications. And production has already started: The procurement of long-lead items and the acquisition of land have commenced.
Ariane 6 secures Europe’s long-term autonomous access to space and fosters Europe’s leading position in the space segment.