ESA promises 50% reduction in time-to-contract, outlines its back-loaded support for EU secure comms constellation

by Peter B. de Selding

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL — The European Space Agency (ESA) will add 200 new staff in 2023 and hire another 200 to replace retiring personnel as it implements the decisions its member nations made at the November ministerial council that gave the agency 16.9 billion euros ($18 billion) to work with over the next 3-5 years.

Eighty percent of ESA’s budget is optional programs to which member governments subscribe for three years.

The remaining 20% is ESA’s science program and what it calls its “Basic . . .

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