ESA revamps contract procedures to assure continuity of Europe’s space industrial base during Covid-19 crisis

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA) has modified its contracting procedures to minimize the Covid-19 pandemic’s effect on the industrial landscape and assure sufficient cash flows to keep companies, especially smaller ones, afloat.

The new policy, announced late March 23, is called “Measures to ensure business continuity in the European space industry and in the implementation of ESA programs during the Covid-19 crisis.”

ESA Director-General Jan Woerner issued a statement March 24 summarizing the proposals:

"Much of ESA’s day-to-day business is . . .

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