ArianeGroup is a world leader in access to space. Founded in 2015, the company is headquartered in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. It specializes in the design, development, production, and operation of missile launchers, propulsion systems, equipment, and services for satellites, including geostationary platforms, microsatellites, kick stages, service and landing modules.
The company is equally owned by Airbus and Safran and houses the entire scope of their civil and military launcher activities and competences in a single, coherent company. With a workforce of approximately 9,000 highly skilled people in France and Germany, ArianeGroup has 11 subsidiaries and affiliates in which it has a significant shareholding.
ArianeGroup is the lead contractor for the Ariane family of European launchers and for the missiles in the French oceanic deterrent force. Their activities cover the entire life-cycle of a launcher: design, development, production, operation and commercial service. They build and operate Ariane 5, the most reliable launcher on the commercial market today, and they are developing the next-generation Ariane 6 launcher.