French Space Agency took a familiar path of the Vertical Take-off, Vertical Landing, leading the way towards ArianeNEXT, successor for the Ariane 6 marking the next level in price reduction.
German Space Agency proposed a path towards European Reusable Launch Vehicle – SpaceLiner. From small ReFEx, through Callisto, RLV-Demo and Semi RLV it will increasingly develop expertise in hypersonics and rapid re-usability towards making launchers operate almost like regular jetliners.
Airbus begun first ever serial production of a full scale satellites, which is the first step for the revolution in space economy, the revolution of cutting costs of the most expensive part in running the space company – the satellite constellations.
We’ve looked into maiden flights of the launch vehicles since 2010 and investigated what did they launch, trying to find out how common are boilerplates such as the one in an upcoming SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch.