The kick stage is an additional stage positioned on top of Ariane 6’s upper stage, which will allow the rocket to place several satellites into different orbits in a single launch, or to inject a satellite directly into its final orbit, optimizing a wide scope of missions.
The kick stage solution and the BERTA engine are proposals made by ArianeGroup GmbH to the European Space Agency (ESA) in the framework of the Astris System Development and Qualification Programme
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Joining a call with Jan Wörner, ESA Director General, and Daniel Neuenschwander, Director for Space Transportation, to discuss a potential delay for the debut of the Ariane 6 rocket.
ESA will ask member states for an additional 230 million euros to pay for Ariane 6 development, above existing budgets. Now targeting 2022 for debut launch of the new rocket.
ESA lays out roadmap to Vega-C and Ariane 6 flights, dated October 29
...the 230 million euros in additional funding requested by ESA is a 6% increase in the development cost of Ariane 6. This puts the total cost of development at over 3.8 billion euros ($4.4 billion), significantly more than the approximately $400 million spent to develop the SpaceX Falcon 9 against which the Ariane 6 will compete.ESA hopes to secure the additional funding for development of the Ariane 6 within the next few months.