Stephane Israel, chairman and CEO of European launch consortium Arianespace, remains adamant the economics of Arianespace’s business model do not support designing reusable launch vehicles. SpaceX, which has successfully returned a core stage of its Falcon 9 rocket to a vertical landing on Earth, has access to up to 20 U.S. security launches, and along with the company’s plans for an independent constellation could conduct up to 45 launches per year, Israel says. Whether ...

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