ESA signs $182M in contracts with ArianeGroup for future Ariane 6 rocket engine upgrades

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Space Agency, under increasing pressure from its governments to demonstrate a rocket strategy beyond beyond the Ariane 6 vehicle to debut in 2022, signed $182 million contracts for future cryogenic engines using methane and and hydrogen.

The contracts signed with Ariane 6 prime contractor ArianeGroup and subcontractors including OHB SE-owned MT Aerospace and the German Aerospace Center, DLR, are continuations of early development work begun in 2017 and 2019.

The first contract is to take . . .

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