The answer is that Ariane 6 guarantees Europe’s access to space. While rarely being stated in the public discussion surrounding Ariane 6, this is the prime motivation for all these efforts.
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The debate over who should be in charge of European space is not over. The surge of new players entering the space sector and an increasing amount of private funding are changing how space is done, and ESA will feel the heat with increasing intensity over the next several years.