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Analysis: What next for ESA’s rocket development as its Ariane 5 ME/Ariane 6 “Eurofudge” starts to unravel?

20 Mar 2014, 16:20 UTC
Analysis: What next for ESA’s rocket development as its Ariane 5 ME/Ariane 6 “Eurofudge” starts to unravel?
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The compromise “Eurofudge” decision in late 2012 to both pursue the ME upgrade to the Ariane 5 launch vehicle to while also developing its solid/liquid based Ariane 6 successor looks likely to unravel. At a recent meeting between the involved industrial concerns in March, there remains a divide not only about the configuration Ariane 6 should take, but doubts about whether it should go forward at all.  The negotiations are being influenced by both Self-interested industrial concerns between the nations involved,  and because of concerns about the competitiveness and overall development cost of Ariane 6.
As they strive to build a launch vehicle that can compete with the low cost Falcon 9V1.1 and Falcon 9 Heavy launch vehicles from SpaceX, both Johann-Dietrich Woerner, head of the German Aerospace Research Establishment (DLR), and the Director General of the French Space Agency CNES (and former leader of Arianespace), Jean-Yves Le Gall,  have wondered openly whether ESA nations could afford the Midlife Evolution (ME) development of the Ariane 5, at the same time as starting the development of the Ariane 6. This stems from the original compromise agreement to pursue the ME upgrade to Ariane 5, which the Germans wanted, ...

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