ESA’s New Space-inspired Scout satellite program starts with a failure. Can the agency accept that this is OK?

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — The New Space ethos is that you run-and-gun on new technology and slimmed-down review procedures and often succeed, so long as you accept that occasionally you crash and burn.

You don’t get one without the other. The 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA) is about to find out whether it can accept that after the termination of its first Scout Earth observation mission, called CubeMap.

The Scout program, introduced in 2019, is run on the the delivery of innovate Earth observation science can be done through applying . . .

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