ESA to European parliaments: Ask SpaceX: There’s no New Space without government stimulus; Arianespace sees Starlink threat

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Any European government discussion about space policy in the past five years has inevitably turned to Elon Musk and SpaceX. Until recently, the focus was on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and future Starship launch vehicles as a competitive threat to Europe’s Ariane and Vega rockets.

More recently, it has widened to include SpaceX’s Starlink broadband satellites constellation.

Both were topics during a Sept. 16 meeting of the European Interparliamentary Space Committee (EIPC), which includes elected representatives from multiple . . .

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