EU NewSpace to European Commission: Please give us a chance in contract bids

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Twenty-six mainly German NewSpace companies are pressuring the European Commission to open its contract bidding to space startups to give them a chance to prove themselves.

In a Feb. 24 letter to European Commissioner Thierry Breton, the companies — satellite constellation operator startups, satellite component builders and small-launcher developers — said the Commission’s criteria for allowing bids for large programs automatically excludes NewSpace startups.

In addition, they said the European Payload Policy appears to exclude any launch-service providers other than Arianespace . . .

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