ArianeGroup says Ariane 6 nearing cost target a year before flight, sees no business case for micro-launchers

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The prime contractor of Europe’s future Ariane 6 heavy-lift rocket said that a year before the rocket’s inaugural flight, the contracting team is within about 5% of achieving the operating-cost objectives it agreed to with European governments.

ArianeGroup Chief Executive Andre-Hubert Roussel said that some of the production elements are further away from the cost goal — 50% less than the current Ariane 5 — than others. But with 12 months to go, the group is on track.

“We are not yet there . . .

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