Ask Uncle Thierry: EU Commissioner Breton, startups on his knee, rolls out welcome mat to NewSpace

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — European Commissioner Thierry Breton, assuming the position of a department-store Santa, asked European NewSpace startups what they wanted from the Commission’s new space program and was told: pretty much all of it.

Breton’s June 14 session with a half-dozen startup companies — some planning constellations, others focusing on constellation operations, still others focused on launch services or satellite delivery — was ostensibly about the Commission’s secure communications constellation idea.

Keeping its promise to NewSpace companies that in February had complained that the project was leaving . . .

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