Watch the new rocket take off into space on its first flight – The Dean of Guadalajara

Watch the new rocket take off into space on its first flight – The Dean of Guadalajara
Watch the new rocket take off into space on its first flight – The Dean of Guadalajara

The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched its Ariane-6 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana. Developed at a cost of €4bn (£3.4bn), Europe’s new rocket blasted off at around 16:00 local time (19:00 GMT), restoring the continent’s independent access to space. ESA chief Josef Aschbacher said the successful launch marked a “historic day” for Europe. Unlike some of its recent US competitors, the Ariane-6 is disposable and a new one is needed for each mission. The rocket will carry payloads into orbit more cheaply than its predecessor, the Ariane-5. ESA hopes to carry out up to 11 launches a year. Read more about this story here.

 
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