For ArianeGroup, nanosatellite/cubesat market needs to demonstrate its size & sustainability

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — ArianeGroup President Alain Charmeau appears to share SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell’s skepticism about whether the nano-sat/cubesat market will be profitable enough, over the long haul, to justify developing a rocket dedicated to it.

Explaining why SpaceX has not focused on the smallsat side, Shotwell said: “A market is not just demand. It’s demand with money.”

Like Shotwell, Charmeau has other things on his mind — securing a European government order for the future Ariane 6 rocket, now two years away from . . .

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