Four years ago, the European Space Agency decided to counter SpaceX’s reusable Falcon 9 and aggressive pricing with a conventional but lower-cost launcher, electing to make the most of Europe’s experience without embarking on radically new technology. Less than two years before the planned first launch of an Ariane 6, ArianeGroup and its partners are striving to remain on time and within budget. The evolution involves a cultural change from building prototypes to series ...


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