ESA, already struggling to fund Ariane 6 in 2021-2023, contracts for studies of 2030-2050 launch market

by Peter B. de Selding


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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