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Europe to build new-generation Ariane 6 rocket


European nations agreed Tuesday to build a new-generation rocket to maintain their lead in the market for satellite launches, the French and German space ministers said.

The European Space Agency (ESA) “took a major decision — to develop a new launcher, the Ariane 6, which will replace the Ariane 5, with a maiden flight scheduled for 2020,” French Research Minister Genevieve Fioraso said in a statement, describing the deal as “historic”.


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