Airbus Safran Launchers Awarded Ariane 6 Development Contract by European Space Agency

by | Aug 12, 2015

August 12, 2015 ” The European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus Safran Launchers today signed a €2.4 billion contract covering the development of the Ariane 6 launcher in its two versions, Ariane 62 and 64.

¢  The contract finances the development and industrialisation of the Ariane 6 launcher through the fully operational level, set for 2023, with a first flight scheduled in 2020

¢  Airbus Safran launchers is the prime contractor for Ariane 6

This contract includes, notably, a firm commitment of some €680 million for initial development activities (phases A & B) up to the Preliminary Design Review scheduled for mid-2016.

Beyond the contract signed today the total amount for the development of the launcher will be approximately €3 billion, including boosters to be shared by Ariane and Vega, as well as €400 million of industrial investment .

The contract – signed within a matter of months of the historic decision taken by representatives of the ESA member states during the Ministerial Conference on 2 December 2014 in Luxembourg to build a latest generation European launcher – will see industry taking on the leading role in its design and marketing, said Alain Charmeau, CEO of Airbus Safran Launchers. Both our and our European industrial partners' commitment is a sign of our determination to provide our customers, whether they be institutional or commercial, with a launcher that is as reliable as ever while being increasingly competitive and adapted to the rapidly evolving space market. I would once again like to thank the European Space Agency and the national agencies, in particular the CNES, the DLR and ASI, for their support and trust.

The Airbus Safran Launchers teams will now finalise the design of the two versions of the Ariane 6 launcher and the accompanying industrialisation process as part of a new industrial structure established within Europe to improve efficiency.

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