Reply to post: Re: NASA decided on Ariane?

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Re: NASA decided on Ariane?

It's really a very "Nasa" project with others contributing instruments (the important bits)

Ironically the original design was to use a 6.5-ish m single mirror and launch on Ariane (with a modified larger nose fairing) but Nasa were insistent that it launch on a Nasa (or at least American) rocket.

So after all the clever design of folding mirror petals there is still no Nasa heavy lifter big enough so it is launching on Ariane anyway

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