PARIS — Government and industry managers of Europe’s new Ariane 6 heavy-lift launcher have never been willing to drop the other shoe, until now.
Since Ariane 6 was decided — at a cost of 3 billion euros ($3.6 billion) to participating European Space Agency governments and another 400 million euros from its industrial contractors — the focus was always on reducing per-launch costs and thus prices to customers.
Visitors to Ariane 6 production facilities were introduced to co-bots and robots, additive manufacturing and all the . . .
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