Europe’s new Ariane 6 rocket on track for long-awaited 1st launch on July 9

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Following its wet-dress rehearsal on the launch pad in French Guiana, Europe’s new Ariane 6 rocket is on schedule for its inaugural launch.

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The European Space Agency (ESA) announced during a June 25 press conference that the rehearsal was a “full success.” After years-long delays, ESA is confident that their Ariane 6 rocket, deemed the future of Europe’s ability to launch satellites into Earth orbit, will finally get off the ground. ESA and French launch provider Arianespace, which commercially manages the rocket, are preparing for a launch on July 9. The three-hour window opens at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT).

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