ESA-EU Commission financial partnership deal: $10.7 billion, 52 satellites, 16 launches over 7 years

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The 27-nation European Commission and the 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA) signed a seven-year Financial Framework Partnership Agreement (FFPA) intended to clarify lines of authority between the two organizations and with the Commission’s new European Union Agency for the Space Program (EUSPA).

The FFPA specifically concerns the oversight of 9 billion euros ($10.7 billion) in Commission funding that will be sent to ESA, which is prime contractor for major Commission programs.

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