On July 16, the European Space Agency approved nearly €4.2b in contracts for Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 launch vehicle, its associated launch base and a more powerful version of the Vega launch vehicle called Vega-C. Airbus Safran Launchers will design and manufacture Ariane 6 while CNES, the French space agency, will serve as prime contractor for the Ariane 6 ground infrastructure and Avio SpA will serve as prime contractor for Vega-C.