Listen to RFI News
Expand Player
 
Listen Download Podcast
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 10/11 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 10/10 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 10/09 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/05 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/04 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/03 13h00 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.
Latest news
  • American Abhijit Banerjee, French-American Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer of US win Nobel Economics Prize
Americas

Aerospace giant Airbus and French engine maker Safran team up for Arianespace

media Marwan Lahoud, chief strategy of Airbus and Jean-Paul Herteman, chief executive officer of Safran at the Elysee Palace in Paris, 16 June 2014. Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

Aerospace Airbus group and the French engine maker Safran announced a joint venture on Monday to make space launchers, to compete with US rival SpaceX.

The two companies would team up on the production of Ariane rockets, for Arianespace, to compete against low-cost SpaceX in communications satellites.

A 50-50 joint venture would combine the "expertise in launchers systems from Airbus with propulsion systems from Safran", said a statement.

"The Ariane programme has been hugely successful over the last 30 years", said Airbus CEO Tom Enders, "but in order to remain relevant and competitive for the future we need a much more efficient industrial structure."

Although Arianespace's launcher, Ariane 5, is highly reliable, it has to carry two satellites to be profitable. 

The newcomer SpaceX has shaken up the industry with its smaller Falcon rockets which can lift satellites into orbit for 60 million euros, half the cost of the Ariane rockets.

Related
 
Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.