LAMPOLDSHAUSEN, Germany — Germany’s space agency insisted it will not change its approach to startup rocket operators — offer launch contracts, not development subsidies — even if another European nation, such as France, provides full-throttle funding for its own launch startups.
Walther Pelzer, head of the space division of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), said Germany will not try to match other nations’ subsidies even if it means putting German launcher startups at a perhaps-fatal disadvantage.
“First of all, it would be their decision,” Pelzer said of . . .
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