The European Space Agency (ESA) will spend €588 million ($752 million) over the next two years to upgrade the Ariane 5 rocket, conduct detailed design studies of a successor and identify synergies between the two launch vehicles, including development of a common upper stage. The deal, reached during two days of tense budget negotiations among ESA's 20 member states this month, ends a long debate between France and Germany over the future of Europe's launch vehicle program. It comes as ...


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