Ariane 6 program can ramp to 9-10/year by 2025 or 2026, when upgraded version for Amazon Kuiper should be ready

by Peter B. de Selding

LE BOURGET, France — Managers of Europe’s Ariane 6 heavy-lift rocket development outlined how they plan to quickly ramp vehicle production assuming its inaugural flight, likely to be in the first half of 2024, shows no major issues.

The more than two-year delay in the first launch has put enormous pressure on the Ariane 6 program to get the vehicle qualified and then move quickly to increase the launch rate and complete a vehicle upgrade to satisfy customer demand.

A year before its first launch . . .

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