Airbus Safran Launchers' industrial footprint spans France, German and French Guiana in South America. Credit: Airbus Safran Launchers graphic
Ariane 5 on the launch pad. Credit: Arianespace
Airbus says Adeline — short for Advanced Expendable Launcher with Innovative engine Economy — imposes a  smaller performance penalty on its rocket than is the case for SpaceX’s reusable Falcon 9 first stage, all the while reusing 80 percent of the stage’s economic value — the engine, avionics and propulsion bay. Credit: Airbus video grab
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Ariane 6 rocket in 64 configuration
Evert Dudok. Credit: ESA
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Antonio Fabrizi of the European Space Agency. Credit: ESA
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To Win Over Germany, ESA Maps out How Ariane 6 Would Save Everyone Money

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ESA is proposing to inject 8 billion euros into Europe’s launch sector over 10 years starting in 2015, including some 4.3 billion euros on a new Ariane 6 rocket.

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Genevieve Fioraso. Credit: Parti Socialiste/Philippe Grangeaud

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