Although it is still two years to wait for a first flight, the first commercial orders for the new European launcher Ariane 6 reserved. This is lanceerbedrijf Arianespace to compete with SpaceX of Elon Musk.
Arianespace has with the European satellietuitbater Eutelsat signed a contract for five launches until 2027. The agreement also provides for switching to the predecessor of the Ariane 6, the Ariane-5, according to Arianespace on Monday.
The new European launcher must be in the summer of 2020 for the first time, starting at the European spaceport Kourou in French Guiana. Intention is freight cheaper in space than with the Ariane 5, as an answer to the ever tougher competition on the international lanceermarkt, fueled by the American lanceerbedrijf SpaceX.
It is also with the French military authorities and the riumtevaartbureau CNES signed a contract for the launch with an Ariane-6 of the French-German spionagesatelliet CSO-3, showed Arianespace Monday, know.
The lanceerbedrijf received from the European Commission earlier two launches for the European satellite navigation system Galileo ordered.