In a bid to keep up with strong commercial satellite demand and an improving outlook for government business, Arianespace is looking at further launcher purchases and accelerating production ramp-up plans. Last week, Chairman/CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall said the Paris-based launch provider is planning to raise capacity by buying 10-15 more Soyuz rockets, and might also purchase additional Ariane 5 ESs. The ES model can perform multiple in-orbit restarts, a capability that’s needed for Europe’s ...

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