Airbus and ArianeGroup Sign Ariane 6 Transition Batch Contra
Stay informed with our
free newsletters

This news is classified in: Aerospace Contracts Space

Nov 22, 2022

Airbus and ArianeGroup Sign Ariane 6 Transition Batch Contract in Spain

  • Airbus will provide innovative lightweight carbon fibre structures for the next fourteen launchers

Airbus and ArianeGroup have signed a contract for the next transition batch of Ariane 6 large carbon fibre structures. The contract includes the manufacturing and supply of innovative, large, lightweight structures for the next fourteen Ariane 6 launchers, to be manufactured until 2025. The contract will support ArianeGroup's ramp up to full production rate by then.

Airbus builds up to four carbon fibre structures for each Ariane launcher at its Getafe site, near Madrid. The new state-of-the-art 4.0 industrial facility includes a dedicated manufacturing and assembly line for the Ariane 6 launcher structures. The latest technology innovations have resulted in a reduced mass while delivering a stronger structure in a single piece at a lower cost. The Interface Structure (upper and lower) is the largest space carbon fibre structure ever produced in Europe. The other structures include the Launch Vehicle Adapter, for the upper stage; and the Equipped Solid Rocket upper part of each rocket booster.

“Signing this contract is a significant step forward, not only for Airbus and its launcher activities in Spain, but for the overall Ariane 6 programme,” said Luis Guerra, head of Space Systems in Airbus in Spain. “It demonstrates that Spanish participation is key to the future of Ariane 6 and what is next in space for Europe.”

Global Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite Market (2022 Edition) - Market Insights and Forecast (2023-2028)

Global Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite Market (2022 Edition) - Market Insights and Forecast (2023-2028)

Analysis by Application Type, Weight Type (Micro, Mini, <10 KG), End-Use Industry, By Region, By Country

Download free sample pages

“Following the signature of the exploitation contracts with Sabca, Europropulsion, Avio and MTAerospace, this contract with Airbus is a new and key step towards a strong Ariane 6 European team” said Stephane Nogatchewsky, Head of Procurement of ArianeGroup. “While the inaugural flight of Ariane 6 is getting closer and the industrial ramp up is intensifying, this collaboration is a positive and critical milestone for the future of Ariane 6 operations. Also, unifying European actors is paramount to ensure further Ariane 6 industrial robustness, competitiveness and preserve European autonomous access to space.”

The Ariane 6 programme is the only European asset that allows independent access to space for strategic missions, and the flexibility to launch both heavy and light payloads to a wide range of orbits for applications such as Earth observation, telecommunication, meteorology, science and navigation.

 


Airbus Defense and Space
View original News release

Level I - ITAR/EAR Boot Camp

Level I - ITAR/EAR Boot Camp

Savannah, GA
Apr 26 - 27, 2023

View agenda
Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace & Space Conference

Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace & Space Conference

London, United Kingdom
Feb 22 - 23, 2023

View agenda