ESA Preps For New Round Of Budget Talks In December

By Amy Svitak
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
January 27, 2014
Credit: David Ducros/ESA

After 50 years spent building and sustaining a cumbersome launch sector based on government backing for new developments, Europe is trying something new.

In the first six months of 2014, the European Space Agency (ESA) will sketch the outline of a restructured industrial landscape aimed at building and launching the Ariane 6, a next-generation rocket designed to be more affordable and less costly than the Ariane 5 of today.

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