ESA’s 2019 budget reflects higher spending on telecommunications, space transportation

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The 2019 budget of the European Space Agency (ESA) is 2% higher than 2018 as planned spending on launch vehicles and telecommunications programs offsets reductions in navigation and human spaceflight.

ESA’s program and budget plans are set at approximately three-year intervals at meetings of the 22-nation agency’s government ministers. The 2019 budget reflects decisions that were made at the last ministerial meeting, in December 2016, when ESA governments approved around 10 billion euros in spending.

It is then up to each member state to . . .

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