In addition, the Ariane 6’s 5.4 meter-dia. payload fairing will be able to accommodate the same volume of satellites as Ariane 5.
The next step for ESA is to consult with competing industry teams that will produce work packages for the new launch system, with a preliminary requirements review slated for October. By early next year, Fabrizi said ESA will propose the best concept to its member states ahead of a 2014 budget ministerial for which no date has been set.
“We’ll have to propose to member states the best concept we can get from competition,” he said. “Only in the second half of next year will we have the proposal ready for the ministers.”