Artist's view of the European launcher family.
Shown from left to right: Ariane 5, the four-booster Ariane 6 (A64), Vega, Vega-C, the two-booster Ariane 6 (A62).
Ariane 5 and Vega are operated from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Vega-C is set to debut in 2020, increasing performance from Vega’s current 1.5 t to about 2.2 t in a reference 700 km polar orbit, covering identified European institutional users’ mission needs, with no increase in launch service and operating costs.
The first flight of Ariane 6 is planned for 2020. Ariane 6 provides a modular architecture using either two boosters (Ariane 62) or four boosters (Ariane 64), depending on the required performance. The P120C solid-propellant boosters will be common with Vega-C.