Space travel: The Euro launch vehicle Ariane 6 is scheduled to fly for the first time in mid-2024

Four years later than originally planned, the new European launch vehicle Ariane 6 is scheduled to fly into space for the first time in the middle of next year.

Space travel: The Euro launch vehicle Ariane 6 is scheduled to fly for the first time in mid-2024

Four years later than originally planned, the new European launch vehicle Ariane 6 is scheduled to fly into space for the first time in the middle of next year.

"Assuming that everything goes nominally and without major difficulties, we expect the first flight of Ariane 6 between June 15 and July 31 next year," said the head of the European space agency Esa, Josef Aschbacher, in Paris. There could be a more precise start date next March or April.

The Ariane 6 is the successor model to the Ariane 5, which was in use from 1996. It is intended to carry satellites into space for commercial and public clients and is significantly cheaper than its predecessor. The new rocket is intended to make Europe's space travel more competitive. Ariane 6 was originally scheduled to launch into space in 2020. However, the first flight was postponed several times.

Europe's space industry is currently in a difficult situation with regard to launch vehicles. The last Ariane 5 took off into space at the beginning of July. Since then, ESA has no longer had its own resources to launch large satellites into space. There are also problems with the lighter satellites: After the failed launch of the Vega C on its first commercial flight last December, this rocket will also remain on the ground for the time being - probably until the fourth quarter of next year.

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