ARIANE, THE IMPOSSIBLE BET

A film by FRANÇOIS-XAVIER VIVES
Produced by EFFERVESCENCE
52′ 90′ 4K HD

Synopsis

In 2020, a new generation of latch vehicles, Ariane 6, came into service fo enable easier, more competitive and frequent launches of spacecrafts.

This is another technological challenge for an international team of European engineers, within the framework of a space program that started almost 50 years ago.

While the director recorded the daily work in the hangars and laboratories where Ariane 6 was currently designed and built, archive footage of the previous launchers allows us to retrace the saga of this unique European technological adventure.

All in all, the documentary also deals with the international rivalry in the space race, between nations / group of nations as well as public agencies versus private investors. On the one side the entrance of China, Japan, and India is changing the game on several levels. On the other hand, entrepreneurs like Ellon Musk and Virgin intend to defy state’s monopolies.

Where is Ariane 6 willing to stand in this competition?