The formation of Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) has been repeatedly pushed back, scrutinized by the European Commission and subject to review by French tax authorities. But the merger of the space-business units of Airbus Group and Safran has so far maintained an ambitious schedule in developing Europe’s next generation of launch vehicles. In June, ASL finalized the first design phase of the new Ariane 6 vehicle, confirming the maturity of the new family of launchers that is slated to ...

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