A new generation of European Launch Vehicles

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We strive for the future of Europe in space and key to this endeavour is maintaining access to space.

This objective is accomplished by supporting the development of new launch vehicles and next year will be an important year: Vega-C and Ariane 6 will fly for the first time.

Vega-C is an enhanced version of Europe’s current Vega, with increased power and capacity.

Ariane 6 is Europe’s next heavy-lift launcher which will replace Ariane 5. With Ariane 6 the approach is evolving for the assembly and production processes, and also in the sharing of responsibilities between us and Industry.

In parallel to preparing a new generation of launchers, we are also working on its first reusable spacecraft, Space Rider, that will fly on top of a Vega-C and which should be confirmed at Space19+, the Ministerial Conference in Seville in November 2019.

Already, the future of European Space transportation is clearly visible in Kourou where Vega-C and Ariane 6 are step-by-step becoming a reality.

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12 Comments

  1. Look at SpaceX, there you see innovation. What is innovative about those new rockets? Sure they might be more efficient and powerful but can they return to earth? How else would you make it more affordable? Isn't only showing stagnation and not innovation. Shame Europe cannot make some exiting space innovation instead of repeating the same things over and over again…

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