EU space budget 2021-2027: Big Galileo, Copernicus commitments, everything else TBD

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Commission’s proposed 2021-2027 space budget maintains full-throttle spending on the Galileo satellite positioning, navigation and timing system and the Copernicus environment-monitoring network but raises questions about everything else.

A planned Space Situational Awareness (SSA) program, while full of ambition, is allocated just 35.7 million ($41.7 million) per year under the proposal. A Govsatcom effort, whose ultimate goal is to get individual European nations to pool military satcom spending — it’s now six nations with independent programs — gets an identical amount.

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