Media invitation: Follow the Ariane 6 Inaugural Launch at ESA HQ, Paris or in Berlin

Journalists are invited to attend the inaugural launch of Ariane 6 at ESA’s Paris HQ (Nikis) or at the Bremen Representation in Berlin on the evening of Tuesday 9 July, followed by a reception.

The events will feature opening addresses and commentary from ESA experts, key stakeholders, high-level representatives from international space agencies, as well as leading space manufacturers and operators.

Ariane 6 launch event in Paris

Date: Tuesday, 9 July 2024, 18:30 CEST.

ESA’s Paris HQ (Nikis) 8-10 Rue Mario Nikis, 75738 Paris


18:30 (CEST) Doors open

19:00 (CEST) Opening addresses and introduction to Ariane 6

19:30 (CEST) Start of the live broadcast from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou.

20:00 - 23:00 (CEST) Launch window of the new Ariane 6 heavy-lift rocket from Kourou, followed by a reception and interview opportunities with participants. A detailed list of ESA representatives and stakeholders will be provided as the launch date nears.

For potential delays or updates, please monitor X @ESA and @ESA_transport #Ariane6 and check for email notifications from ESA Media Relations.

Ariane 6 launch event in Berlin

Date: Tuesday, 9 July 2024, 19:20 CEST

Representation of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

Hiroshimastraße 24, 10785 Berlin, DE


From 18:30 Admission/registration/preliminary talks for the media

19:20 Stage programme with statements by:

- State Councillor Kai Stührenberg, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

- Rolf Densing, Director for Operations, European Space Agency (ESA)

- Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Chairwoman of the Executive Board, German Aerospace Centre (DLR)

- Bernhard Kluttig, Head of the Industrial Policy Department, Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK)

- H.E. François Delattre, French Ambassador to Germany

From around 20:00, the launch of the new Ariane 6 heavy-lift rocket from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou will be broadcast live in the hall. Experts in the hall will comment on the launch and the flight in German.

The programme will be complemented by panel rounds with experts from ESA, DLR, ArianeGroup and others on Europe’s rocket systems, German contributions to Ariane 6, payloads on board the first flight, industrial policy, etc.

Panel round 1:

- Ruedeger Albat, ESA, former Ariane programme manager

- Philip Kausche, German Space Agency at DLR, Launch Systems Department

- Pierre Godart, CEO ArianeGroup GmbH

Panel round 2:

- Rolf Densing, ESA Director for Operations, ESA/ESOC in Darmstadt

- Representatives of payloads on board the Ariane 6 first flight (tbd)

21:10 Summary and end of the local stage programme

Reception and opportunity for further discussions with the panelists.

23:00 Press conference live from Kourou via ESA TV livestream

The experts will also be available for individual interviews.


Please express interest for any of the above events by 5 July at 17:00 CEST by selecting and completing the relevant form at­-media-bri­efing-form

More information about Ariane 6 available in the media kit