Austrian Research Promotion Agency Signs Joint Statement on Institutional Use of Ariane 6, Vega C

Artist’s view of the configuration of Ariane 6 using four boosters (A64) (Credit: ESA – D. Ducros)

PARIS, 30 January 2019 (ESA PR) — This morning, the Austrian Research Promotion Agency added its signature to the joint statement signed by other European institutions (ASI, ESA, CDTI, CNES & DLR) and the Swiss Confederation in October last year in support to the European launcher industry and to Ariane 6 and Vega-C.

Through this Statement, signatories recognise the benefit of aggregating their institutional demand for launch services to ensure an independent, cost-effective, affordable, and reliable access to space for Europe.

Klaus Pseiner, Managing Director at the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft, FFG) signed the joint statement in the presence of Jan Wörner, ESA’s Director General, and Daniel Neuenschwander, ESA Director of Space Transportation, at ESA Headquarters in Paris.

Space capacities are strategically important to civil, commercial, security and defence-related policy objectives. Space is an enabler for responding to societal challenges and for stimulating job and growth creation. Europe needs to maintain a leading position in this sector. Europe’s autonomy of action in space is conditional on autonomy in accessing space.

  • P.K. Sink

    Europe…no crewed space program…no reusable rockets. Maybe Skylon and Dream Chaser will work out for them…at least to LEO.

  • Aerospike

    Haha, very funny. We (Austria) had a whopping total of two small university led satellites so far, both in collaboration with Canada (who actually built the bus). With 8U each they are/where larger than other typical university cubesats (1-3U), but still… Us Signing some document that acknowledges the importance of Ariane 6 for Europe, doesn’t really mean anything imho.

  • duheagle

    It means Austria is still a good little EU/ESA soldier. In practical terms, you’re right that this declaration will have no effect on the economic future of Ariane 6 and Vega.