Europe will have to wait until the 2030s for a reusable rocket, says the CEO of France-based launch company Arianespace.
Stéphane Israel provided the comments to a French radio station on the April 8, European Spaceflight Newsletter mentioned (Opens in a new tab).
Arianespace is preparing its Ariane 6 rocket for a test flight after years of delays. spine in Europe Aryan 5which has been operating for nearly 30 years, recently The JUICE Jupiter mission has launched And now there is only one flight left before retirement.
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Ariane 6 will be expendable, though it entered development nearly a decade ago, when reusability was developed and tested in the US, most famously by SpaceX.
“When decisions were made for Ariane 6, we did so by using the technologies that were available to quickly deliver a new version rocketIsrael said, according to European Spaceflight.
However, delays in Ariane 6 mean that Europe lacks its own options for getting into space. This problem has been highlighted in Modern report (Opens in a new tab) From an independent advisory group to the European Space Agency.
Israel stated that, in his opinion, the Ariane 6 will fly for more than 10 years before Europe moves on to a reusable successor in 2030.
Apart from Arianespace, Europe is currently sponsoring The number of private missile companiesincluded Augsburg Rocket FactoryAnd Isar Aerospace, and PLD Space, and Sky Roura, with some of these missiles being reused. However, the missiles under development are lightweight, while the Ariane 6 and its potential successor are more capable, medium payload missiles.
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