French government to mini-launchers: Here’s how we propose to divide responsibility with you at Europe’s Guiana Space Center

by Peter B. de Selding


LE BOURGET, France — The French space agency, CNES, outlined how it proposes to divide responsibility operations of small launch vehicles at Europe’s Guiana Space Center in South America between the startup operators and the French government.

The spaceport, on the northeast coast of South America, is French territory and it’s CNES, with the 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA), that sets the rules for who does what there.

CNES has said it can accommodate up to six new vehicles operating . . .

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