"Solid Preference?" (AW&ST May 26/June 2, p. 24) could be dealing with faulty figures. The cost-per-launch target value of €70 million ($95 million) for a future Ariane 6 vehicle was established by the European Space Agency (ESA) in early 2012 in its NELS study (New European Launch Service), based on the price Russia—prime competitor for geostationary transfer orbit launches—was charging for Proton services. The €70 million for the actual Ariane ...
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