ESA, with fresh $398M from EU Commission, now fully integrated into Iris2 secure connectivity constellation

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — The role of the European Space Agency (ESA) in the European Commission’s multibillion-dollar Iris2 secure connectivity satellite network has been solidified by the Commission agreement to pay ESA 380 million euros ($398 million) over 12 years to oversee Iris2’s government-services mission.

These funds will be used as a kind of bridge between the Commission’s Iris2 budget of 2.4 billion euros through 2027, and ESA governments’ agreement to spend about 640 million euros on Iris2-related work between 2023 and 2024 . . .

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