ESA signs $1.6 billion in Copernicus contracts with Thales & Airbus; co-funding from EU likely to fall short

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Space Agency (ESA) signed contracts valued at 1.34 billion euros ($1.58 billion) for a new generation of Copernicus Earth observation satellites two days after Copernicus’s co-owner, the European Union, gave further indication that it could not hold up its end.

The European Council, under German government presidency until Jan. 1, and the European Parliament on Nov. 10 endorsed a seven-year budget package that makes it more likely that ESA and the EU will have to scale back . . .

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