ESA, Avio, ArianeGroup skeptical of business case for mini-satellite launcher sought by Britain

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian government-industry joint venture that builds Europe’s Vega rocket has tentatively concluded that British government’s interest in its own launch base is unlikely to generate a profit.

As a result, ELV SpA, the joint venture between Avio SpA and the Italian Space Agency that is leading Vega program’s evolution to launch groups of satelites weighing between 1 kilogram and 2,300 kilograms, is not involved in the British effort.

Instead, ELV and ESA, joined by space-infrastructure . . .

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