Belgium’s space minister gets a real-world taste of New Space and legacy space in his hometown of Charleroi

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Thomas Dermine, Belgium’s state secretary for economic recovery and strategic investment, got a taste of the real world of New Space and legacy space on May 16 in his hometown of Charleroi, a former coal and steel city where unemployment is exceptionally high.

On that day, startup satellite builder Aerospacelab broke ground on its Mega Factory, designed to build up to 500 satellites per year with 7,000 square meters of production space and 4,000 square meters of cleanrooms.

Dermine was there for the . . .

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