EU, ESA governments meet on space competitiveness, manage to avoid talking about their most-urgent issue, Iris2

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The May 23 joint Space Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission — the first such meeting since 2020 — was supposed to address European industry’s competitiveness, resiliency and Europe’s strategic autonomy in space.

But the program now under development that most addresses those issues, the Iris2 secure connectivity constellation, was all but forgotten in the public discussion during the meeting despite its being at a critical juncture.

The 22-nation ESA and the 27-nation . . .

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