ESA seeks $2.6 billion for Earth observation programs, weighs Digital Europe investment in data storage/transmission

by Peter B. de Selding

WASHINGTON — The European Space Agency (ESA) is seeking 2.35 billion euros ($2.6 billion) from its governments to fund next-generation Sentinel satellites and other Earth observation programs.

The budget will be decided at ESA’s Space 19+ conference of ministers, scheduled to meet Nov. 27-28 in Seville, Spain.

The biggest slice of ESA’s proposed Earth observation budget, at 1.4 billion euros, is intended as ESA’s share of the European Commission’s Copernicus program over the next three years. The commission is . . .

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