ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet
For a moment I thought he was on an Ariane, and I wondered, how?
Though what happened to the ESA space truck adaptation for human use? I think five have been used.
In unlikely facts, the ESA, while part EU funded, has Canada as an Associate Member and not all EU nations are members. So UK can stay in ESA after Brexit.
Good to hear the Ariane 5 Launch of the Galileo was OK.
Roscosmos is looking at a new version of Energia to compete in heavy lifting. The Indians, Chinese and Space X are getting commercial.
Arianespace still has the majority of launches and the majority of satellites in orbit launched by them. The ownership is complex. It's worth looking up CNES, ESA and Arianespace, also Roscosmos (new space centre and a pad at the European Space port), Japanese, Israel, India, China. The Americans are not as dominant as the media sometimes suggests. Chinese and Indians catching up.