European agencies have agreed to let launcher startups into government market; how and when still an issue

by Peter B. de Selding

LAMPOLDSHAUSEN, Germany — European governments have agreed that Europe needs a competitive launch sector in which startups have the right to bid for government missions, but getting there remains difficult.

The French and Italian governments worry that an over- diversification of launch providers will undermine the Vega medium-lift and future Ariane 6 heavy-lift rockets, which Europe considers strategic assets on behalf of autonomy in access to space.

How to protect the current launch structure will inviting in new players is still a work in progress, as was made . . .

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