Fill-or-kill bid for Iris2 constellation due June 30 at EU Commission. Europe’s space sector hangs in the balance

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — The SpaceRise industrial consortium designing the European Commission’s Iris2 secure communications satellite constellation is coming under pressure to reduce its costs as it prepares its final bid, due June 30.

The consortium from the start has been pulled in opposite directions. Its industrial contractor members have struggled to meet all the Commission’s Iris2 requirements — LEO broadband constellation for worldwide connectivity; a secure communications layer for civil government and military use; a space situational awareness capability — while at the same maintaining the support of its . . .

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