France’s CNES to new European spaceports & small launchers: We need to adopt common safety & logistics requirements

by Peter B. de Selding

LAMPOLDSHAUSEN, Germany — The French space agency, CNES, wants startup European small launch providers and prospective European spaceport operators to develop common propellant-loading, flight-termination and other safety procedures to permit streamlined and low-cost operations across all these facilities.

Europe’s Guiana Space Center (CSG) spaceport, which is on French territory and is managed by CNES, has begun a broad program of modifications to the site to handle several new launch operators from a refurbished launch pad now being designed.

Frederic Munoz, CNES’s head of ground facilities . . .

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