ESA Galileo decision blocked by Britain; progress made on Ariane 6 funding and industry roles

by Peter B. de Selding

BERLIN — The European Space Agency’s ruling council, meeting in extraordinary session here April 26, withdrew a measure to advance work on the Galileo satellite navigation system in the face of a threatened British veto, European government officials said.

On the more complicated subject of the status and funding of the future Ariane 6 and Vega-C rockets, ESA governments — principally Germany, Italy, France and ESA — agreed to shift production of Ariane 6 booster casings from Germany to Italy. In exchange, Italian work on a liquid-oxygen turbo pump to be used for . . .

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