MUNICH/PARIS Germany plans to continue its cooperation in the development of a new European launch vehicle and increase Germany's share in the Ariane programme by EUR 60 to 70 million annually. Bavaria's Technology Minister, Ilse Aigner: “Increasing the European Space Agency (ESA) budget for the next generation of European launch vehicles is extremely important to Bavaria. We are pleased that Bavaria's opinion on the future of the Ariane rockets has been considered. The stage is set for high technology from Germany, and in particular Bavaria, to make its way into space.”
As a result of sustained and decisive negotiations by the Bavarian Minister-President and the Ministry of Economic Affairs at a federal level, Bavaria has had a significant influence on the decision to change the Federal Republic's position regarding the Ariane 6 rocket and played a decisive role in increasing the ESA's budget. Thanks to the resolute actions by the Bavarian state government, a share in production and jobs in the high-tech sector has been secured for Bavarian companies over the coming decades. In addition, research institutions based in Bavaria will be able to further extend their range of expertise in space technology, and in material sciences in particular.
Due to the personal efforts of Vice Minister Franz Josef Pschierer, it was agreed with ESA in advance that the city of Augsburg will receive an assembly line for Ariane 6 boosters that uses CRP technology. This required greater financial commitment by Germany in the new launch vehicle.
On 2nd December 2014, the European Space Agency will hold a council of ministers meeting in Luxembourg to decide on the future of the European launch vehicles. Until recently, Germany was alone in pursuing the concept of an Ariane 5ME rocket. Furthermore, the Federal Republic's contribution to the ESA's launch vehicle programme was insufficient to safeguard the participation of Bavarian locations and their respective expertise in the long term.
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