Despite the threat of competition from potentially reusable launch vehicles in the U.S., governments in Europe are reluctant to invest heavily in the capability, given limited demand here. As low-cost rival Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) makes headway in developing a reusable variant of its Falcon 9 rocket, the European Space Agency (ESA) industrial partner Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) will continue to rely on the workhorse Ariane 5 heavy-lift launcher while pressing ahead with ...

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