@Arianespace CEO Israel says Ariane 6 will cost 'approx 40% less than Ariane 5.' Used to be a 50% reduction.#SATShow
COLORADO SPRINGS — The European Commission will commit to buying at least five Ariane 6 and two Vega C launches per year when both rockets are in operation, Elzbieta Bienkowska, the European Commission’s lead space commissioner, said Wednesday.
“We observe very closely the ongoing revolution in the launcher market, especially here in the United States, around the principle of reusability,” she said. “Europe’s answer is the development of the next-generation of cost effective, reliable and competitive European launchers: Ariane 6 and Vega C.”
Ariane 6's first flight is planned for 2020! But we're already building the plant where we'll assemble the launcher's main stage!