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CEO: Stéphane Israël Founded: 1980 Successes: 112 Failures: 5 Pending: 36

Arianespace SA is a multinational company founded in 1980 as the world's first commercial launch service provider. It undertakes the production, operation, and marketing of the Ariane programme. Their vehicles launch exclusively from French Guiana in South America.


Launch Vehicle


Family: Vega

Vega is the smallest lifter in the current Arianespace family.


Earth Science

Göktürk-1 is a high resolution earth observation satellite (greater than 50 cm) designed and developed for the Turkish Ministry of National Defence by the Italian space service company Telespazio. The Göktürk-1 satellite has a dry weight of about 1,000 kg and a design life of seven years. Its observation payload includes a high resolution optical instrument and an onboard X-band digital imaging system to handle data compression, storage and downloading.

Launch Window

NET: December 5th 2016 - 13:51 UTC

Launch Window

Open: December 5th 2016 - 12:51 UTC

Close: December 5th 2016 - 14:22 UTC

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Kourou, French Guiana

Ariane Launch Area 1, Kourou