Germany adopts French negotiating tactics, leads investment in Copernicus, exploration and… micro launchers?

by Peter B. de Selding

ESA governments committed 14.4 billion euros over five years, and about 12.5 billion euros over three years, at the Space 19+ ministerial conference held Nov. 27-28 in Seville, Spain. Credit: ESA

SEVILLE, Spain — The German government applied negotiating tactics it learned from France three years ago by waiting until the final hours of European Space Agency’s space budget conference to jump into priority programs and end up as leader.

Thomas Jarzombek, Germany’s Federal coordinator for aerospace policy, headed the German delegation to the ESA ministerial conference . . .

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