ESA governments OK $365m/year in Ariane 6 rocket support; Avio to take over Vega commercialization from Arianespace

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — European Space Agency (ESA) governments agreed to extend their financial support for the future Ariane 6 heavy-lift rocket until at least 2029 and to guarantee their purchase of at least four Ariane 6 missions per year, on average, for an undetermined period.

ESA governments — in particular France and Italy — also agreed that Avio SpA of Italy, the Vega rocket prime contractor, will be in charge of commercializing future Vega and Vega-C launches beyond those already contracted through Arianespace.

Arianespace will transfer Vega-C commercialization and sales to Avio once . . .

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