Airbus Safran Launchers confirms that the Ariane 6 program is on schedule for a first flight in 2020, assuring Arianespace that it will remain competitive as a launch service provider in the midterm against ambitious entrants such as SpaceX and Blue Origin. At a time when the European Union believes it needs to reinvent itself, the confirmation also points to a textbook example of a successful Europe-wide project. The council of the European Space Agency (ESA) on Sept. 13 gave a green light ...

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