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Old 01-10-2013, 08:37 PM   #16
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Astrium: Astrium wins ESA contracts to design Ariane 6 and continue development of Ariane 5 ME
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:44 PM   #18
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:05 PM   #19
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Parabolic Arc: ESA Faces the Limits of Expansion, Growing Power of EU
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The ESA is considering another version of the Ariane 6 still with all solid lower stages:

L’Europe s’élance vers Ariane 6.
http://www.cnes.fr/web/CNES-fr/10692...s-ariane-6.php [in French]


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Old 03-04-2013, 10:55 PM   #21
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 The ESA is considering another version of the Ariane 6 still with all solid lower stages:

L’Europe s’élance vers Ariane 6.
http://www.cnes.fr/web/CNES-fr/10692...s-ariane-6.php [in French]


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The look of the 2-booster bottom stage looks awkward.

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Old 03-05-2013, 04:33 AM   #22
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 The look of the 2-booster bottom stage looks awkward.
I was actually trying to sell a similar idea to the Italian Orbiter add-on developers as a replacement of the Neptune-1 series. After all their rockets require expensive large thrust engines on the second stage because the P241 can only go that long. While I have a dislike on the PPH concept, I think the use of the same solid motors on the first and second stages would decrease its costs. Plus they are Italian......
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:51 PM   #23
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 The ESA is considering another version of the Ariane 6 still with all solid lower stages:

L’Europe s’élance vers Ariane 6.
http://www.cnes.fr/web/CNES-fr/10692...s-ariane-6.php [in French]
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Europe sets its sights on Ariane 6.
http://www.cnes.fr/web/CNES-en/10705...n-ariane-6.php

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The Russians are currently the main competitors with their Proton launcher, Ukraine’s Zenit vehicle is operational again—albeit after a series of setbacks—and China’s Long March could be a new entrant by 2020... All these factors are likely to erode Ariane’s market share.
Notice how SpaceX wasn't mentioned.

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Space News: France Favors CNES with Better-than-inflation Budget Bump:
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BEIJING — The French Research Ministry on Sept. 26 said the French civil space budget in 2014 would slightly outpace the current low inflation rate, with a big increase in spending via the European Space Agency (ESA) offset by a decrease in France’s non-ESA-related programs.

Presenting France’s overall 2014 research budget, the ministry said French spending at the 20-nation ESA would grow by 7.8 percent in 2014, to 854.4 million euros ($1.1 billion), to meet French commitments to begin work on a next-generation Ariane 6 rocket.

The overall budget for the French space agency, CNES, for 2014 is increasing by 1.3 percent over 2013, the ministry said, to 1.43 billion euros. France’s budget is generally divided into ESA programs and programs managed by CNES outside ESA, either as French national efforts or with other partners.

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That precious money going to Ariane 6... Arg...
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:36 PM   #28
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European proposals for two future Large missions (€1 billion each) includes spacecraft that will study most, if not all, of the planets in the solar system. Considering JUICE will study the Jovian system and BepiColombo will visit Mercury, those two planets are already covered. However, any selected mission for the L2 and L3 spots won't launch for a long time, in 2028 and 2034 respectively. There should be more astrophysics proposals relative to planetary missions but the article doesn't list any observatories other than exoplanet hunters.

The Planetary Society: "Europe Will Select Its Next Major Science Mission in November"
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Last spring, the European Space Agency (ESA) put out a call for concepts for its next two €1-billion science missions. If history proves to be a guide, there's a good chance that one of the selected concepts will be a solar system mission. ESA's managers will announce their selection this coming November.

These large European missions are particularly important because they have the resources both to reach targets throughout the solar system and to carry enough instruments to conduct wide ranging studies once there. If one of the solar system concepts is selected, we may get our first orbiter for Uranus, a return to Titan, or an orbiter and balloon for Venus. The range of concepts proposed shows that planetary exploration continues to have a wealth of possible missions.

However, don't hold your breath. ESA believes in long term planning and the launches of the selected missions are planned for 2028 and 2034. Add in ten to sixteen years for, say, a flight to Uranus, and you may be looking at first science return in the 2040s or 2050s. (Actuarial tables suggest I won't be around then, so for purely selfish reasons, I like the concepts with much shorter flight times, like those to Venus.)
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EADS Astrium: Astrium awarded three new contracts by ESA for Ariane 6 and Ariane 5 ME launchers
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