Europe’s Ariane 6 managers now say it publicly: Competing against SpaceX is no longer relevant to us

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — On the eve of the Ariane 6 rocket’s inaugural flight, government and industry program managers of Europe’s Ariane 6 heavy-lift rocket are only now starting to say publicly what they have known for at least two years:

Ariane 6 will not “compete” with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 or future Starship vehicles in any sustained or meaningful way.

The days when Ariane 5 and Falcon 9 battled for leadership of the commercial market are long gone.

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