For the first time, ArianeGroup and subsidiaries Arianespace, Pyroalliance, and Sodern will be sharing a booth at the Satellite 2018 conference in Washington, D.C. (12–15 March), showcasing activities ranging from cutting-edge satellite propulsion systems and equipment to complete, highly versatile launch services.
ArianeGroup is a joint venture created by Airbus and Safran to restructure the European launcher sector. The company is lead contractor for Ariane launch vehicles, the impressively reliable Ariane 5, and is developing the new-generation Ariane 6, whose maiden flight is planned for 2020.
With a new logo and brand architecture, ArianeGroup also covers several subsidiaries: Arianespace, APP, Cilas, Eurockot, Nucletudes, Pyroalliance, and Sodern. Today, ArianeGroup, which employs a highly qualified workforce of over 9,000 can, with Ariane 6, offer its customers a completely integrated and comprehensive space launcher program, from design to development and production, marketing and operation.
For orbital propulsion, ArianeGroup offers chemical, electrical and hybrid solutions covering the full spectrum, from components, modules and thrusters to complete propulsion subsystems that respond to the evolving requirements of challenging new space missions. Featured products on display at Satellite 2018 include the latest developments in satellite propulsion with special focus on electric propulsion solutions for the geostationary and navigation sectors, in-orbit servicing (RIT 2X subsystem), and the small satellite market, including constellations (Integrated Electric Propulsion plug-in module).
ArianeGroup, with Arianespace, Pyroalliance, and Sodern, will be at booth 1109, Hall 2 at Satellite 2018.
Arianespace provides launch services for all types of satellites into all orbits, it has launched more than 570 satellites since 1980, using its family of three launchers, Ariane, Soyuz and Vega, from launch sites in French Guiana (South America) and Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Arianespace is a subsidiary of ArianeGroup, which holds 74% of its share capital, with the balance held by 17 other shareholders from the European launcher industry.
Pyroalliance is a 90% subsidiary of ArianeGroup with extensive experience and expertise in pyrotechnic and mechanical products for the satellite, launcher, and defense markets, where the highest levels of safety, performance, and reliability are critical. At Satellite 2018, the company will be exhibiting pyrotechnic equipment with hold-and-release mechanisms designed to eject satellites into low Earth orbit – a particularly efficient solution for constellations.
Sodern is a long-standing provider of star trackers and optronic equipment for the space and defense markets, and is also a recognized trail-blazer for highly innovative, competitive equipment for small satellites and constellations. At Satellite 2018, Sodern will exhibit its full range of attitude sensors, from the high-performing modular Hydra product to its latest-generation star tracker Auriga, specifically designed for small satellites and already setting a record for lightness, volume reduction, and competitiveness.