Understanding and applying space technologies is a major political, economic, industrial and cultural challenge. For more than a half century, Safran has built up expertise in the enabling technologies needed for the design and production of rocket propulsion systems and very-high precision optical components.
Access to space in a major part of nations' strategic independence and sovereignty. A key for the European Union and France of course, this objective also guides strategy at ArianeGroup (the 50/50 joint company between Airbus Group and Safran), a partner in the Ariane launcher program since the outset, with support from the European Space Agency (ESA) and the French space agency CNES. More precisely, ArianeGroup is a major player in the space sector, including launch vehicles and missiles. ArianeGroup is the prime contractor on Europe's Ariane 5 launcher, - which completed more than 80 consecutive successful launch, breaking Ariane 4's record – and on Ariane 6 launcher – whose first launch is planned for 2020.
Furthermore, Safran is a major player in the satellite market, with more than 30 years of experience in chemical and electric propulsion systems for attitude and orbit control. Safran is n°1 in Europe in satellite plasma propulsion systems: satellite applications are increasingly important in our daily lives, from observation and broadcasting, to mobile apps and satellite navigation. Throught its company Safran Reosc, Safran is n°1 worldwide in high-performance space optics.
Solid propellants, for solid rocket motors
Building on our expertise in chemical engineering, ArianeGroup provides the energetic materials used in solid propulsion systems.
Solid rocket motors, like the boosters on Ariane 5, require a solid propellant that provides the huge amounts of energy needed for lift-off. ArianeGroup offers unrivalled technological expertise in this field, spanning the design, development and production of the high-energy chemicals involved, which also demand impeccable risk management.