The first flight again postponed

Ariane 6: The first flight postponed again

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Ariane Group have announced a further postponement of the first Ariane 6 flight, from the beginning of 2023 until at least the last quarter of the year, without further details on the real reasons for this. report.

The first flight of the new European launcher was initially scheduled for July 2020. The director of space transport at the European Space Agency, Daniel Neuenschwander, spoke a few weeks ago of the difficulties encountered in the development of Ariane 6, indicating that the rocket is to be upgraded with 20% improved performance for low orbit launches.

This new postponement, added to the cessation of space cooperation between Europe and Russia, which deprives it of the use of the Soyuz, and the end of the Ariane 5 adventure, undermines the autonomy of Europe in terms of access to space.

From April 2023, it will no longer have a launcher in service capable of reaching geostationary orbit, nearly 36,000 km from Earth, the launch of the last three Ariane being scheduled between mid-December 2022 and April 2023.

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