PARIS—The development of Europe’s medium- to heavy-lift Ariane 6 launcher appears to be taking longer than expected, as Arianespace CEO Stephane Israel now foresees the first launch taking place by the end of 2020. Once hoped for July 2020, the launch is considered to be part of the development program. Nevertheless, the launch service operator last winter found a customer. When it lifts off from Kourou, French Guiana, the Ariane 62—the lighter version of the launcher, ...

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