The Ariane 6 launcher will provide Arianespace with new levels of efficiency and flexibility to meet customers’ launch services needs across a full range of commercial and institutional missions.
To ensure Arianespace’s continued competitiveness, this next-generation launcher has been conceived for reduced production costs and design-to-build lead times, all while maintaining the quality and reliability that have made Ariane 5 an industry leader.
Ariane 6 features a modular configuration based on core stages powered by lower and upper liquid propellant modules, which are supplemented by either two or four strap-on solid rocket motors. Enhancing Ariane 6’s competitiveness is the series production of its rocket engines and a technology-sharing approach with Arianespace’s Vega C – particularly this lightweight launcher’s P120 engine that also will be used in Ariane 6’s solid rocket motors.
A62: with two solid rocket motors
– Initial performance to geostationary transfer orbit: more than 5 metric tons
– Initial performance to sun-synchronous orbit (800 km.): more than 5.5 metric tons
A64: with four solid rocket motors
– Initial performance to geostationary transfer orbit: 11 metric tons with growth potential
– Initial performance to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO+, 2,200 km. perigee): 9.3 metric tons