ESA estimates Ariane 6 cost overrun, Covid and non-Covid; audit under way, final tally expected in March

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Space Agency (ESA) is auditing its largest development program, the Ariane 6 heavy-lift rocket, to prepare a cost-overrun assessment that separates Covid-19-related problems from issues that remain the responsibility of the agency’s industrial contractors.

The agency will give the 13 nations taking part in the Ariane 6 and Vega-C development programs a total cost overrun picture in March.

Takeaways from ESA’s update on Ariane 6 and Vega C

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