One year from now, Arianespace is expected to be halfway between the first flights of two new launchers, the clean-sheet-design Ariane 6 and the upgraded Vega C. As if these were not enough to keep the company’s engineers busy, the European space industry is also stepping up studies for reusable successors. The simultaneous advancements, taking place even though European institutions and governments have yet to put their money where their mouth is, signal a sense of urgency in view of ...

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