If everything goes to plan, 2021 will be the year of the Ariane 6’s second flight, meaning launch service provider Arianespace will still be in the early transition phase from the Ariane 5. The first test flight of Callisto, a small reusable launcher demonstrator built by two of Europe’s national space agencies and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is also planned for 2021. The Ariane 6 is the expendable medium- to heavy-lift launcher Europe has designed to compete ...

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