European satellite primes: Vertically integrated US satcom constellations threaten Europe’s entire space value chain

by Peter B. de Selding

BRUSSELS — Europe’s satellite industry for years has offered sympathy to the builders of Europe’s Ariane rocket program for their obvious competitive disadvantages next to SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

Now European contractors, whose competitiveness has never been in doubt, find themselves in the same boat as they feel competitive pressure from SpaceX’s Starlink broadband constellation.

Starlink has arrived as a global force at a time when the market for direct-broadcast television satellites is declining with consumers’ switch toward streaming . . .

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