Does Europe have a launch strategy? Not really

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS— The fact that Europe’s established launch sector is gasping for air at the moment is not enough for European governments to agree to a common launcher strategy.

Any remaining doubts about that would have been put to rest by the Nov. 20 briefing of European government ministers following the 10th Space Council of the European Union and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Everyone sang the usual “Stronger Together” lines, but insisted on pursuing policies that have little coherence with each other . . .

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