Top News on Ariane 5

  • ESA keeps eye on Ukraine crisis as Vega launch nears


    As the European Space Agency makes final preparations for the third flight of its new Vega light launcher, unrest in Ukraine will be about as far from its operators’ minds as Kourou is from Kiev – but once VV03 is complete on Monday 28 April, programme officials will continue their watch on the tense situation in a country that supplies a critical component of what is otherwise a Western Europe-built vehicle.


  • Other News for Ariane 5

  • ANALYSIS: ATV era opens final chapter with 'flawless' space station docking


    The International Space Station marked the end of an era on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 with a “flawless” arrival by the...


  • ESA keeps eye on Ukraine crisis as Vega launch nears


    As the European Space Agency makes final preparations for the third flight of its new Vega light launcher, unrest in...


  • SpaceX hits milestone in bid for reusable rockets


    ​SpaceX passed a milestone in its bid to develop reusable rockets with an apparently successful soft splashdown and...


  • News Listings for Ariane 5

  • Sierra Nevada bids to keep Dream Chaser alive despite NASA non-selection

    News | 02 Oct 2014 11:32 | Dan Thisdell

    Sierra Nevada Corporation last week launched two bids to keep alive its Dream Chaser lifting-body spaceplane project, which suffered a blow in September when NASA cut it from its Commercial Crew programme in favour of seven-person capsules being developed by Boeing and SpaceX.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Sierra-Nevada-bids-to-keep-Dream-Chaser-alive-despite-NASA-non-selection-404379/
  • ANALYSIS: USAF push to oust Russian rockets turning into high-stakes contest

    News | 24 Sep 2014 14:32 | Dan Thisdell

    ​A US Air Force drive to end its reliance on Russian rocket motors is turning into a high-stakes competition between rival technologies, with propulsion specialist ATK throwing its hat into the ring just a week after United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin agreed to jointly fund development of a new, all-American engine.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-USAF-push-to-oust-Russian-rockets-turning-into-high-stakes-contest-404097/
  • Airbus puts defence and security electronics, satcoms units up for sale in latest restructuring move

    News | 16 Sep 2014 15:13 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Airbus Group has put its defence and security electronics and satellite communications services businesses up for sale in the latest stage of its long-running bid to get its ailing defence business onto a sustainable footing.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Airbus-puts-defence-and-security-electronics-satcoms-units-up-for-sale-in-latest-restructuring-move-403738/
  • ANALYSIS: Galileo 'on track' despite launch trouble

    News | 01 Sep 2014 13:46 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Europe’s bid to establish its own satellite navigation system suffered a setback with the failure of a Soyuz launcher to put into their assigned orbits the fifth and sixth spacecraft in what is to be a 30-satellite constellation. But both the European Space Agency and European Commission remain confident that the programme remains on track to provide essentially full services from 24 satellites from 2017 and to have the complete, 30-satellite constellation – including six orbiting spares – flying in 2020.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-Galileo-on-track-despite-launch-trouble-403019/
  • ANALYSIS: ATV era opens final chapter with 'flawless' space station docking

    News | 13 Aug 2014 14:28 | Dan Thisdell

    The International Space Station marked the end of an era on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 with a “flawless” arrival by the fifth and final resupply flight in ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle programmehttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-ATV-era-opens-final-chapter-with-flawless-space-station-docking-402656/
  • Angara maiden flight success heralds new era for Russian space launches

    News | 10 Jul 2014 12:52 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Russia’s space programme has taken what its stakeholders will hope is a giant leap to modernity with the successful maiden flight of the new Angara launcher, the eventual replacement of the accident-prone Proton-M.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Angara-maiden-flight-success-heralds-new-era-for-Russian-space-launches-401261/