European governments agree to promote competition for Ariane 6, but there’s no consensus on where it ends up

by Peter B. de Selding

BRUSSELS — European governments’ decision to throw open the doors of their once-closed launch-service market, ending the government-sanctioned monopoly of the Ariane heavy Vega medium-lift rockets, is now widely accepted as necessary.

But no one knows how it will turn out, and whether Europe’s launch sector will flourish as a result.

The annual European Space Conference here Jan. 23-24 gathered together just about everyone in Europe’s civil government and commercial space sector. It was an opportunity to . . .

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