The next-generation Ariane 6 rocket’s scheduled launch date has been made public by the European Space Agency (ESA).
Ariane 6, a new heavy lift launch system, is anticipated to launch for the first time in Q4 of 2023, according to a statement made by the ESA on October 19, 2022.
Prior to the anticipated launch, the agency must still pass a few crucial checkpoints, including as the conclusion of the hot firing test campaigns for the Vulcain 2.1 rocket engines and the evaluation of the launch system qualification.
By Q1 of 2023, the tasks ought to be finished.
The ESA director general Josef Aschbache stated, "With a project of this scope it needs to be clear that this is a planned date and the programme will still need to make the successful and timely achievement of numerous major milestones for this timetable to stay valid. "
European autonomy in access to space is at stake here. We are all fully committed to getting to the launch pad as soon as feasible.
The Ariane 6 is a heavy-lift space launch vehicle being developed by ArianeGroup, a partnership between French engine manufacturer Safran and European aircraft manufacturer Airbus.
It will be an ArianeGroup rocket’s second debut launch in recent memory.
The Vega-C, a different little rocket made by the same company, successfully finished its first mission in July 2022.
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