Reusable, intended for human spaceflight… With its Susie launcher, ArianeGroup wants to boost European space ambitions

ArianeGroup struck a blow on the occasion of the opening day of the IAC (International Astronautical Congress), the major annual space conference which is being held this year in Paris from September 18 to 22. The manufacturer has unveiled nothing less than a launcher stage project with such capabilities that it would put Europe back in the space race, alongside the United States and Russia! ArianeGroup has unveiled Susie (Smart Upperstage for Innovative Exploration), a fully reusable floor project. “Susie is a fully reusable stage project replacing the launcher fairing, which allows you to go into space, carry out many types of missions, whether automatic or piloted, and return to land on Earth”says the company.

Better still, this new stage would eventually be able to carry a crew of five astronauts, allowing Europe to establish itself as a new player in the field of manned flight. With Susie, ArianeGroup would therefore kill two birds with one stone: accelerate reusability in the field of heavy launchers, and offer manned flight capacity to Europe in space. It was time. The European group has already accumulated a significant delay vis-à-vis SpaceX, which has been firing at a hellish rate, thanks to its reusable rockets, and which has been transporting astronauts to the international space station for almost two years.

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