EU heads of state cut 7-year space budget by 17%; Galileo, Copernicus equally affected; SSA, Govsatcom down 22%

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — European Union heads of state announced a 17.5% reduction in spending on their proposed 2021-2027 space program, accounting for both the Covid-19 recovery package and the absence of the United Kingdom as a budget contributor.

The proposal announced July 21 by the European Council after four days of rough negotiations over the Covid-19 recovery package, which totals 750 billion euros, was all but certain to have a knock-on effect on the European Commission’s 7-year budget and the space program . . .

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