Arianespace once more goes into battle against European micro-launchers, but it’s a lost cause

by Peter B. de Selding

BRUSSELS — Jan. 24 was the day the part-time French government and full-time Arianespace struggle against small-launcher startups in Europe was publicly lost and declared not just merely dead, but really most sincerely dead.

It had been coming for some time. Multiple governments, led by Germany but including Britain, Spain, Norway and Sweden, established a beachhead at the 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA) 2019 ministerial conference, when ESA began engaging with micro-launchers.

It suffered further losses when even the French government . . .

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