ESA updates its Iris2 constellation investment, Europe’s mini-launcher competition & the coming EU Space Law

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — The 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA) will await the judgment of ESA and European Commission bid-evaluation bodies before deciding how to spend its nearly $1 billion in secured funding for the Commission’s Iris2 multi-orbit satellite connectivity program, ESA’s head of navigation said.

ESA has been hired by the Commission as the Iris2 technical manager and has also received from its member governments approval to disburse an Iris2-dedicated budget this year.

Total funding is about . . .

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