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Ariane 6 delayed again

Arianespace has been silent on any launch delays for its important Ariane 6 rocket. However, the director general of the European Space Agency, Josef Aschbacher, told the BBC that the new rocket will not fly until some time next year. Critics have suggested that Aschbacher did not attempt to disguise his words with phrases like […]

June 14, 2022

ITU facing pandemic problems

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is facing some urgent requests to authorise delays for satellite operators and their launch plans. The reasons are mostly caused by the pandemic and the impact of staff shortages at assorted satellite builders and their suppliers of components. The ITU has to decide whether to approve some extreme delays from […]

March 18, 2022By Chris Forrester

Arianespace “fully reusable by 2030”

ArianeGroup Chief Executive André-Hubert Roussel has said the Ariane family of rocket launchers would be fully reusable starting by the end of this decade. His comments follow on from French Economics Minister Bruno Le Maire who has been highly critical of the Arianespace’s current use of non-reusable rockets, including the giant Ariane 5 and smaller […]

January 25, 2022

Arianespace confirms new rocket debut in 2022

Arianespace’s much-needed new Ariane 6 rocket will be available for launches in 2022. Arianespace’s CEO Stéphane Israël, speaking at the Euroconsult World Satellite Business Week in Paris, told delegates that the giant rocket would make its full test flight in the second-half of 2022. He was not specific as to when. However, there would be […]

December 16, 2021By Chris Forrester

Ariane 6 launchpad ready 8 years late

A major event took place in French Guiana when the launch complex for the upcoming Ariane 6 rockets was inaugurated. Dubbed ELA-4, the massive facility cost well over its budgeted €600 million. The project is also some eight years late. The project was managed by the French national space agency CNES. The site is now […]

September 30, 2021By Chris Forrester

ESA approves Ariane-6 expansion roadmap

The European Space Agency (ESA) has given its approval on Europe’s exploitation of the new Ariane 6 rocket as well as the smaller Vega-C launcher. A meeting on September 6th saw approval given for a roadmap for new and innovative space transportation solutions for the next decade and a framework for associated short cycle demonstrations. […]

September 8, 2021By Chris Forrester

ESA awards $182m contracts to Arianespace

The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking ahead and beyond the ‘next generation’ Ariane 6 family of rockets and has awarded contracts worth in total $182 million to prime contractor ArianeGroup in order for new cryogenic engines to be developed. While ArianeGroup will coordinate activity there is also business for OHB-backed MT Aerospace as well […]

May 18, 2021By Chris Forrester

Ariane 6 launch slips again

Despite being up against fierce competition from the likes of SpaceX which is launching rockets with relentless frequency, Arianespace has again slipped the launch readiness date for its new Ariane 6 rocket. Originally promised for a mid-2020 debut test flight, that date has reportedly slipped to late next year. Ariane 6 is a much-needed replacement […]

June 9, 2020By Chris Forrester