Arianespace uses Amazon Kuiper contract to rebut Ariane 6 critics and EU governments’ small-rocket infatuation

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Arianespace Chief Executive Stephane Israel wasted no time after signing the 18-launch contract with Amazon’s Kuiper to say “I told you so” to Europeans who have doubted the viability of the commercial Ariane 6 rocket, and to European governments he sees as swooning over small launch startups.

Perhaps carried by the updraft of the largest contract — in value and in satellites — in Arianespace’s history, Israel said April 5 that Europe’s Ariane 6 industrial base now needed to consider whether to go beyond its current . . .

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