ESA Hoping to Stay in Space Race with Ariane Rocket

December 1, 2014 8:48 PM

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The European Space Agency is struggling to remain in the modern-day space race, approving funding for a new Ariane rocket. The CEO of European aerospace giant Airbus is encouraging his designers to alter their approach, in order to counter recent advances by private companies like SpaceX, based in the United States.

The Ariane 6 is now set for further production, as the 20 nations of the European Space Agency agreed to develop the new booster, overcoming objections from German negotiators, who had insisted on upgrades to the current Ariane 5.

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