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ArianeGroup chosen by Europe to develop reusable rockets

The new colonial movement: The European Commission, which makes the major decisions for the European Space Agency, has chosen the European commercial company ArianeGroup to run two programs designed to produce that continent’s first reusable rocket.

From the press release [pdf]:

The SALTO project will facilitate the first flight tests of the Themis reusable stage demonstrator in Kiruna, Sweden. The ENLIGHTEN project will speed up the development and introduction of reusable engine technologies.

The main goal of SALTO will be to develop the kind of vertical landing technology that SpaceX now does routinely. ENLIGHTEN in turn will develop rocket engines using either methane or hydrogen as the fuel. The total budget allocated for both is just under 50 million euros, which seems quite small. The press release also made no mention of a schedule for accomplishing these tasks.

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3 comments

  • V-Man

    At least they know the task is possible, and they even have some real-world, functional examples to emulate.

    Whether they are smart enough to step on their ego and take notes of SpaceX’s pathfinding, remains to be seen.

  • 50M Euros? Did they go through Elon’s couch?

  • LocalFulff

    Kiruna, Sweden, launches sounding rockets. So this would be the smallest category of reusable launchers. Not very significant today as there are multiple private companies are already doing that.

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