PARIS — If anyone in Europe’s rocket sector hoped the launch of European navigation satellites aboard the Ariane 5 vehicle would be a tipping point for a European government commitment to be anchor tenant for the next-generation Ariane 6, they were disappointed.
The stage did appear to be set. Space-agency heads and ministers from several European governments, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain, were in attendance at Europe’s Guiana Space Center spaceport for the July 25 launch. So were European Commission officials and industry chieftains.
It . . .
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