ESA chief: EU Commission’s Iris2 connectivity constellation could use our help overcoming impasse with industry

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — Turnabout is fair play.

When Europe’s launch capability derailed two years ago with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and development delays in the Ariane 6 heavy-lift and Vega-C medium-lift vehicles, the European Commission suggested it should play a larger role in what has always been a European Space Agency (ESA)-led program.

Now it’s the Commission-led Iris2 secure connectivity constellation that has run into trouble because the Commission and the industry consortium selected to build and . . .

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