France’s CNES: Given the market’s size, even 1-2 successful small launchers in Europe will be difficult

by Peter B. de Selding

LAMPOLDSHAUSEN, Germany — Small launcher startups and new spaceports in Europe know that, like it or not, at some point they’ll have to deal with the French government, just like phone app developers cannot avoid Apple.

So it is that after years of saving, No, no, no to the idea of micro- and mini-launchers, the French government’s new interest in them is viewed with the same mixed emotions as app designers have when Apple’s gaze turns their way.

The Norwegian Space Agency

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