France, Germany announce breakthrough accord on Ariane 6 support, micro launchers in Europe. Important, if true

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The next four German government satellite missions are scheduled for launch on SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets as a result of can’t-refuse low prices offered by SpaceX.

Has the French government now succeeded in its long quest to put an end to this sort of thing? That was the clear implication of a joint briefing July 21 held by the French and German economics ministers.

The two ministers had spent 12 months crafting a Franco-German space policy that focused on launch vehicles for two . . .

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