.@ESA Ariane 6 rocket starts development – an annotated infographic

Airbus Safran Launchers – a joint venture between the aerospace giant Airbus and the aero and rocket manufacturer Safran – has finalised the architecture for its Ariane 6 launch vehicle.

Ariane 6 will be a modular rocket that can be tailored to launch one or two large satellites at a time into low-altitude perches and geostationary orbits favoured by commercial telecoms spacecraft.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Ariane 6 rocket

Ariane 6 rocket

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