WEBMAIL    |    Intranet    |    Site Map



ESA Council agrees resolution on Ariane 6 and Vega-C exploitation

on 03 September 2021

ESA Member States have agreed upon the boundary conditions for Europe’s upcoming exploitation of Ariane 6 and Vega-C and request ESA to propose a roadmap for new and innovative space transportation solutions for the next decade and a framework for associated short cycle demonstrations.

The Resolution agreed upon by ESA Member States mid-August sets the conditions for the first three years of stabilised exploitation of Europe’s new launch vehicles, Ariane 6 and Vega-C at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

Driven by the launch needs of European institutions and taking stock of the volatile context of the worldwide launch services market, Member States have converged on a stable and secure basis for the exploitation of these new launch vehicles to provide guaranteed access to space for Europe in the coming years.

The revised stabilised exploitation model is based on a European institutional launch service demand of four Ariane 6 vehicles and two Vega-C per year on average. Price conditions for the associated standard launch service have also been agreed upon.

Member States have also established a basis for maintaining strategic industrial capabilities through options to serve either additional institutional launches or a higher commercial demand.

More details at this link.

Illustration credit: ESA - D. Ducros