Arianespace’s future ambitions in the launch services market will be focused on two new launch vehicles. The Ariane 6 and Vega-C rockets will be tasked with covering a multitude of payload requirements and will evolve together via commonality of hardware. Vega-C is set to conduct her maiden flight in 2020 and is currently in the qualification phase. The first stage booster of Vega-C will also become the strap-on boosters for Ariane 6 as the two rockets facilitate independent European access to space.
Preparations for Vega-C’s debut moved into the qualification phase following a successful critical design review in March.