Europe’s satellite telecommunications and launcher sectors draw different lessons from Eutelsat 13F launch

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS— The 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA) will be pointing to the Oct. 15 launch of the Eutelsat Hot Bird 13F satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to draw two different lessons for Europe’s space sector.

For Elodie Viau, ESA’s director of telecommunications and integrated applications, Hot Bird 13F, Airbus Defence and Space’s Eurostar Neo platform, shows how European governments can direct investment to sharpen the competitive edge of Europe’s satellite builders.

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