France’s version of New Space is top-down, with government funding to develop reusable mini- and micro-launchers

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire gave a detailed presentation of a new French space policy that he said was made possible by victories in exhausting battles in Berlin and Rome.

The result, he said, was a German agreement not to develop a competitor to the heavy-lift Ariane 6 rocket — Germany had never suggested it would do that — and an Italian agreement not to develop a LOX/methane engine to compete with France’s LOX/methane Prometheus.

Italy's Avio SpA has been developing a . . .

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