Ariane 6 inaugural-flight delay to mid-2023 complicates European Commission, ESA schedules

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — European Commissioner Thierry Breton had probably been briefed that Europe’s new heavy-lift Ariane 6 rocket, already two years behind schedule, would not be flying this year when he made his comments June 10 to the European Competitiveness Council.

“We see how significant it is to be dependent on launchers from a third country, even if it’s just temporary,” Breton said, referring to the cessation of Europe’s used Russia’s Soyuz rocket because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

European authorities . . .

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