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Arianespace was created in 1980 on the basis of the assets consisting of the Ariane family of launchers developed by ESA and CNES, and was the first commercial firm for the launching of satellites. Its shareholders are CNES and the main European space sector firms, representing ten European countries. In 2011, the Ariane 5 launcher was joined at Europe’s Spaceport by Soyuz and in 2012 by Vega. Arianespace has launched more than half the world’s commercial satellites currently in's website