Who’s paying for the latest delays in the Ariane 6 program? Here’s a partial response

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The Ariane 6 heavy-lift rocket, with its inaugural flight now planned for late-2023 — with early 2024 just as likely — is more than three years late.

Who is paying for the associated cost increases?

There’s no easy answer. Cost overruns that are the responsibility of contractors  have been combined with design improvements ordered by the 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA) and are difficult to separate in ESA accounts.

In addition, Ariane 6 contractors have argued that they should not . . .

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