ESA thinks moment is right to re-ask its governments: Do you want an autonomous astronaut-launch capability?

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — European Space Agency (ESA) Director-General Josef Aschbacher will ask Europe’s governments in early 2022 to signal whether they want ESA to start preliminary work on a program to launch astronauts from Europe’s Guiana Space Center spaceport.

If they signal their interest, ESA would then craft a preparatory program to be submitted to its 22 member nations’ ministers when they meet in late 2022 to set ESA’s mid-term program and budget goals.

A full-scale development program then would be . . .

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