ESA asks for $1.94 billion to boost Europe’s satcom-related competitiveness, with a focus on 5G and optical

by Peter B. de Selding

LUXEMBOURG — The European Space Agency (ESA) is asking its member governments for 1.74 billion euros ($1.94 billion) to invest in satellite telecommunications-related programs over 3-5 years to bolster the commercial competitiveness of Europe’s satellite sector.

The budget, to be decided by ESA ministers at a Nov. 27-28 conference that ESA has labeled Space19+, reflects the agency’s ambition to accompany industry into a broad array of promising technologies — high-altitude communications platforms, the integration of satellites into the future 5G landscape, very-high . . .

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