ESA opens its door to European micro-launcher and start-up spaceport proposals

by Peter B. de Selding


PARIS — The European Space Agency (ESA) will propose to its governments late this year that the agency offer assistance to individual ESA nations planning their own spaceports and micro-launchers.

The goal: “to nurture commercially viable ideas from European industry to open up new space transportation markets. This program would support proposals for privately led privately funded space transportation services,” ESA said.

The decision comes at a time when ESA’s own rockets — the new Ariane 6 heavy-lift vehicle and the light-lift Vega C . . .

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