“The United States is surpassing Europe due to resumption of NASA and SpaceX manned flights starting from 2019. India is also surpassing Europe due to the program scheduled for 2022. Ariane 6 has not thought about implementation of such a task [manned flights] but it will be able to adapt,” Charmeau told the Figaro newspaper.
The Ariane 6 rocket will be able to place into orbit satellites with the weight from 50 kilograms (over 110 pounds) to more than 5 tonnes.
Construction of the first such rocket is going to start in late 2018 while the first flight is scheduled for July 16, 2020.