UPDATE March 16: This story was updated to add comments from small-launcher startup HyImpulse Technologies.
PARIS — The European Space Agency (ESA) has hired three rocket companies to spend four months evaluating what Europe’s launch-service landscape will look like between 2030 and 2050.
Not an easy task, and maybe an impossible one. The three companies — Ariane 5 and Ariane 6 prime contractor ArianeGroup, Vega medium-lift launcher prime Avio SpA and small-launcher startup Rocket Factory Augsburg — will . . .
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