Ariane 6 delay forces European government missions to make hard choice — wait it out or go to SpaceX?

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Space Agency (ESA) scrapped a planned late-September update on when the Ariane 6 rocket will fly and whether the agency will be obliged to go to SpaceX to launch at least one European government mission as a result of continued Ariane 6 delays.

The lack of clarity has only increased the number of European government and industry officials who now fear that the heavy-lift Ariane 6 will not fly until late 2023 or even early 2024.

The Ariane 6 program . . .

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