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Europeans agree to build new-generation Ariane 6 rocket

Design and funding compromise reached between France and Germany over Ariane 5's successor

An Ariane 5 rocket taking off from its launch site in Kourou. Despite its reliability, the rocket comes with high operational costs.


EUROPEAN nations announced on Tuesday they would build a new-generation rocket in a multi-billion-euro programme to maintain their grip on the world market for satellite launches.

European Space Agency (ESA) ministers "took a major decision - to develop a new launcher,