Spazio, Bernardini (ArianeGroup): “Let’s prepare the future family of European launchers”
“Proposed a consortium to submit the future of space transport to ESA. MaiaSpace was born to act with the agility of a start-up”
“ArianeGroup has a very clear strategy that it puts into practice with Ariane 6 and its evolutions in the short and medium-term and has long mapped out its own path for the future family of reusable, eco-sustainable, and competitive European launchers, developing its preparatory pieces, including the new generation Prometheus engine and the Themis reusable stadium”. This was underlined by the Director of Strategy and Innovation of ArianeGroup, Morena, Bernardini, speaking on the opening day of the European Space Conference, in Brussels.
Bernardini noted that “in this regard, ArianeGroup has promoted the creation of a consortium to propose to ESA the future of space transport. We thus prepare the future family of European launchers and Maia will be the first launcher of this new family. To speed up the development of the various pieces, ArianeGroup has created MaiaSpace, an ad hoc structure, now controlled by ArianeGroup, designed to act with the agility of a start-up”.
Referring to the numerous start-ups that have announced mini and micro launcher projects, Bernardini commented: “I don’t think we are running after others. I believe that when the industry-leading company creates a spin-off to accelerate key technologies for the future at virtually the same time as launching into orbit with extreme precision the world’s most important space mission, doubling its life and thus giving humanity twice as many scientific results, this company is not running after others but is showing the path to take.”