The European Space Agency's new launch vehicle, Ariane 6, is set for take-off next year. It’s full of innovative, cost-saving materials and technology. Work is already underway to make future iterations even lighter.
The ESA is to invest €14.4 billion ($15.8 billion) in space exploration including a moon mission up to 2022. Germany is now the largest contributor to the agency's biggest ever budget.
Europe's space program says it needs more funding to stay competitive internationally. Just as several projects are starting to take off, private space companies pose a particular threat to the agency.
India's staking its future — and that of its leader Narendra Modi — on a new space race 50 years after the first moon landing. So what's it got planned and can it compete in the major league: USA, Europe, Russia, China?
Even a reliable workhorse like Russia's Soyuz rocket has bad days. Some missions go horribly wrong. So while the basics of rocket science are the same as ever, there are always new contenders to shake things up.
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