German government gives benediction to North Sea orbital spaceport, but won’t finance its development

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The outgoing German government endorsed a small-satellite launch platform to be operated aboard a ship stationed in German territorial waters in the North Sea.

But, in keeping with Germany’s past policy on small-launch vehicles, the government limited its financial involvement to offsetting part of the cost getting regulatory approval.

German Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier, whose ministry has responsibility for German space policy, said the government would be willing to reimburse the German Offshore Spaceport Alliance (GOSA) for half of the costs . . .

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