In 2014, ESA has selected a design for the next generation Ariane rocket, the Ariane-6, which will become operational in the early 2020s.
Ariane-6 will consist of two or four monolithic P120 solid rocket motors of 3.02 m diameter as strap-ons, which are developed to serve also as stage 1 of enhanced Vega rockets. The core of 5.4 m diameter consists of a cryogenic H140 stage with a Vulcain-2+ engine as stage 1 and a cryogenic stage 2 with a reignitable Vinci engine developped orginally for the Ariane-5ME rocket. The 5.4 m payload fairing is also derived from the Ariane-5 family.
Contrary to the earlier dual-launch Ariane-4 and Ariane-5 rockets, the new Ariane-62 is designed to orbit single payloads. It will be able to put 5000 kg into geostationary transfer orbit. The Ariane-64 will be able to launch dual payloads up to 10500 kg.
The rockets will be integrated horizontally and will be launched from the new Kourou launch pad ELA-4.
In August 2015, Airbus Safran Launchers was awarded a € 2.4 billion contract by European Space Agency covering the development of the Ariane-6 launcher in its two versions, Ariane-62 and Ariane-64.
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|Version||Strap On||Stage 1||Stage 2|
|Ariane-62||2 × P120C||LLPM H140 / Vulcain-2.1||ULPM H30 / Vinci|
No. Type TypeNo Fai Serial Date LS Payload
none Planned: 1 Ariane-62 1 x x xx.4Q.2023 Ko ELA-4 (dummy) / CuriumOne / OOV-Cube / 3Cat 4 / ISTSAT 1 / GRBBeta / SpaceCase SC-X01 / Bikini Demo Ariane-62 x x x xx.xx.202x Ko ELA-4 CSO 3 Ariane-62 x x x xx.12.2023 Ko ELA-4 Galileo 29 / Galileo 30 Ariane-62 x x x xx.xx.2024 Ko ELA-4 Galileo 31 / Galileo 32 Ariane-62 x x x xx.xx.202x Ko ELA-4 Galileo 33 / Galileo 34 Ariane-62 x x x xx.xx.202x Ko ELA-4 Galileo 35 / Galileo 36 Ariane-62 x x x xx.xx.202x Ko ELA-4 Galileo 37 / Galileo 38 Launch sites: Ko = Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG), Kourou, French Guiana