ArianeGroup began development of the unmanned spacecraft SUSIE

The French company ArianeGroup, a joint venture between Safran and Aibus, announced the development of a spacecraft

SUSIE.

What is known

The ship will be able to fly manned andunmanned modes. SUSIE will be designed for missions on Arianespace rockets. The company presented its spacecraft development project at the LXXIII International Astronautical Congress, which was held September 18-22 in Paris.

SUSIE is the abbreviation for Smart Upper Stage forInnovative Exploration. The Ariane 6 reusable rocket will be used to launch the spacecraft. The manned modification will be designed for five astronauts, and the maximum payload will vary depending on the mission goals.


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ArianeGroup intends to return SUSIE to Earthto perform maintenance and prepare for the next missions. The French company wants to use the spacecraft to service satellites, deliver equipment and clean up space debris.