Europe’s Path To A More Independent Space Program

Avio’s Vega C
Avio’s Vega C flew in July, adding a small launcher to Europe’s portfolio.
Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique Video du CSG/S Martin
Europe’s quest for independence in space—instead of reliance on external technology—has had its ups and downs. In mid-2014, seeking to add to Europe’s launch portfolio, Arianespace began development of the Ariane 6 and Vega C launcher programs. The expansion of payload capacity was designed to cover...

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