European Commission, ESA struggle over who’ll oversee Europe’s launcher policy far from settled; UK access also undecided

by Peter B. de Selding

"My objective and ambitions are clear: We aim to include in the next European Space Program a fully fledged access-to-space component covering all aspects of European launcher policy, from R&D to deployment and readiness."— European Commission Vice President Thierry Breton

LAMPOLDSHAUSEN, Germany -- The debate about the future of Europe’s space-launch policy — who pays for what, how to introduce competition gradually, while guaranteeing near-term access to space immediately — did not end with the November 2023 European Space Agency (ESA) ministerial conference . . .

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