ArianeGroup: All-ahead-flank now for reusability in 2030s, and a single rocket family bound by ESA budget

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — France’s ArianeGroup, the prime contractor of the Ariane heavy-lift rockets, shed its long-held ambiguity and said its goal for Europe’s space-launch sector is a family of fully reusable rockets to be introduced starting at the end of the decade.

By making full reusability the common denominator for Europe’s future small, medium-lift and heavy-lift vehicles, the costs inherent in the technology — reduced payload-carrying capability, more dependence on a high annual launch cadence — might be mitigated, ArianeGroup Chief Executive André-Hubert Roussel said . . .

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