Airbus: Yes, we need to adapt to New Space, but are governments ready to do likewise?

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — European governments, in thrall with the potential of New Space, have made clear they think the established space prime contractors — including Airbus Defence and Space, Thales Alenia Space, ArianeGroup — are not keeping up with the industry’s new dynamism.

These companies have defended themselves as among the biggest investors in startups, through joint ventures or funds created specifically to nourish young companies.

On Sept. 16, Airbus decided to turn the tables around, challenging European governments on whether they are ready to adapt . . .

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