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ANALYSIS: Ariane 6 set for "buy European" push

In the matter of milestones, the end of March should mark a critical moment in Europe’s bid to ensure it retains competent, competitive and independent access to space. It is then – 27 March, specifically – that Airbus Safran Launchers expects to cross “maturity gate 6”, a set of specification details that will trigger the “go” order to begin production of Ariane 6 rocket prototype equipment, leading to ground tests in 2018 in anticipation of first flight in 2020.

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