As the Soyuz Company, Starsem brings together four of the world's leading space organizations.
Starsem offers the expertise of commercial, technical and operational teams with years of experience gained through manned and unmanned launches that span the history of the space program.

Astrium / Arianespace / Russian Federal Space Agency / The Samara Space Center (TsSKB-Progress)



Astrium is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. Number 1 in Europe and no. 3 worldwide, Astrium employs 15,000 men and women in five countries: France, Germany, the UK, Spain and the Netherlands. 15,000 professionals chosen from among the very best, all passionate about space and driven by the great adventure of our time – bringing the infinite potential of space down to Earth for the benefit of mankind. Guaranteeing Europe’s access to space as the established leader in space transportation, satellite systems and services, Astrium has for over 40 years been dedicated to bring you all the space you need - now and in the future. It is a mission which resonates with many of the most prestigious names in space – Ariane, the International Space Station, Envisat, Mars Express, Skynet 5 … It is a mission with a consistent commitment, to offer our customers the best possible solutions in the market, with unbeatable levels of, quality, cost-efficiency and schedule adherence.







Arianespace is the world’s leading satellite launch company, providing innovation to its customers since 1980. Backed by 21 shareholders and the European Space Agency, the company offers an international workforce renowned for a culture of commitment and excellence. As of 15 March 2013, 212 Ariane launches, 30 Soyuz launches (four at the Guiana Space Centre and 26 at Baikonur with Starsem) and the first launch of Vega have been performed. The company has a backlog of 21 Ariane 5, 11 Soyuz and three Vega launches, equaling three years of business.




Russian Federal Space Agency

The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) is the central body of the federal executive authority defining the Russian Federation's national policy in the field of space research and exploration. The agency also performs interdisciplinary coordination of national scientific and application space programs.

It was created in February 1992 by a decree issued by the President of the Russian Federation.

Agency's responsibilities include: development and implementation of Russian national space policy; acting in the capacity of government customer in the development of scientific and application space systems, facilities and equipment; establishing international cooperation and collaboration in space research, and organization/coordination of commercial space programs.

Operations under Agency responsibility include several hundred space companies and organizations.




The Samara Space Center

The Samara Space Center "TsSKB-Progress" was created by a Russian Presidential decree in 1996 by combining the TsSKB Central Samara Design Bureau and the "Progress" production plant.

The Samara Space Center is one of the world leaders in the design of launchers, spacecraft and related systems. Its history goes back to the start of the space program in 1959 when a branch of the Moscow OKB-1 design bureau was established in the city of Kuibyshev (now known as Samara).

The Center evolved a family of launch vehicles from the OKB-1's R-7 intercontinental ballistic missile.

Approximately 10 versions were developed, including Sputnik (which carried the first man-made satellite into orbit), Vostok (used for the initial manned space flight), Molniya and Soyuz. The organization also has developed - or is involved in - a range of spacecraft, including the Foton, Bion, Resurs, and Nika satellites.

The Samara Space Center has facilities for static, vibration, thermal and environmental testing, as well as simulators and test benches.

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