ESA and SpaceX: Euclid science satellite is next, then Earth observation and navigation satellites in 2024

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — The European Space Agency (ESA), as expected, is moving more of its launches to SpaceX given delays in European government-financed rockets and the fact that in today’s medium- and heavy-lift launcher market, just about all roads lead to the SpaceX Falcon 9 — for ESA along with commercial customers.

The most recent transfer is of the ESA-Japan EarthCare solar-radiation satellite. Likely to come is the launch of four Galileo positioning, navigation and timing satellites, ESA officials said June . . .

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