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ESA delays Ariane 6 debut until 2022
Posted: Sun, Nov 1, 2020, 12:57 PM ET (1757 GMT)
Ariane 64 illustration (ESA) ESA is asking member states for additional funding to cover delays in the development of the Ariane 6 launch vehicle. Agency officials announced Thursday that the first launch of the Ariane 6 has slipped again, and is now scheduled for the second quarter of 2022. ESA blamed the latest delays on the pandemic and on technical issues with the cryogenic arm that connects the launchpad to the vehicle. ESA is seeking 230 million euros ($268 million) in additional funding from member states, bringing the total cost of the Ariane 6 program to more than 3.8 billion euros. The first Ariane 6 launch lacks a customer after OneWeb revised its launch contract with Arianespace to use only Soyuz launches.
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