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10.07.2024 Informations générales J - Service companies

Europe's new Ariane 6 rocket powers into space

Europe's new heavy-lift rocket, Ariane 6, made its inaugural flight from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana at 16:00 local time on 9 July (20:00 BST, 21:00 CEST).
Ariane 6 is the latest in Europe's Ariane rocket series, taking over from Ariane 5, and featuring a modular and versatile design that can launch missions from low-Earth orbit and farther out into deep space.

"A completely new rocket is not launched often, and success is far from guaranteed. I am privileged to have witnessed this historic moment when Europe's new generation of the Ariane family lifted off – successfully – effectively reinstating European access to space,” said ESA's Director General Josef Aschbacher.

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By the way...
During her speech at the inauguration of SIAMS, Mrs. Aude Pugin presented Swiss expertise in the space industry. You can find his speech here (in French).

Picture: ESA - S. Corvaja -  Ariane 6 seen from the skies just hours before it lifts-off for the first time from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. With the 90-metre-high, 8200-tonne mobile building rolled back, tanking is ready to begin.

Europe's new Ariane 6 rocket powers into space


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