As the advent of new commercial players has forced the European space industry—accustomed to a dominant commercial launch market share—to reinvent itself, the goal of a 50% cut in launch costs is trickling down to every aspect of Ariane 6’s production. The European Space Agency, launch operator Arianespace and launcher manufacturer ArianeGroup (still officially named Airbus Safran Launchers until June 30) contend an expendable heavy launcher can still compete with the most ...

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