The decision was made at the end of a Council of the agency, held Wednesday and Thursday, which also approved the inaugural launch of the small Vega-C launcher in June 2021.
We will have to be patient. The opening firing of the Ariane 6 rocket has been postponed to the second quarter of 2022 due to technical difficulties, exacerbated by the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Thursday, October 29.
Already pushed back once into the second half of 2021, “Ariane 6 pre-wedding flight is now scheduled for the second quarter of 2022”, said ESA’s European Space Transportation Director, Daniel Neuenschwander at a press briefing.
The decision was made at the close of a Council of the agency, held Wednesday and Thursday, which also approved the inaugural launch of the small Vega-C launcher in June 2021, the director said. He explained that “the path to the opening flights of both launchers must overcome technical challenges, in a context of lower productivity” due to the Covid-19 pandemic.