Europe’s Launcher Reusability Drive Weakens Ariane 6 Program

The in-development Ariane 6 (pictured) targets a 40% cost reduction from its predecessor, the Ariane 5.
Credit: D. Ducros/ESA
The Ariane 6 program is on the home stretch to its first launch. Yet, all eyes in Europe—especially among institutional players—are on Ariane 6’s successor. The increased focus on what is code-named Ariane Next, along with accelerating studies on future reusable technologies, means Ariane 6 may...

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