PARIS — The European Space Agency’s ruling council on March 21 ended with no resolution of the standoff with Europe’s launch industry that has kept sparkling-new Ariane 6 production facilities off-line.

No one calls it a strike, but it has the earmarks of one. ESA governments say they need Ariane 6 in full service by late 2020 or early 2021, some six months after the vehicle’s planned mid-2020 inaugural flight.

A batch order of 14 Ariane 6 vehicles to cover launches between . . .

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