Germany to EU Commission: We won’t accept delays or de-scoping of Copernicus Expansion satellite missions

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The head of Germany’s space agency warned the European Commission that Germany wouldn’t not accept de-scoping or corner-cutting on the planned Copernicus environment-monitoring satellites.

Germany, as the EU’s largest economy, is Europe’s largest contributor to the Copernicus network. In 2019, Germany elected to spend more than anyone else in the 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA) on ESA’s share of Copernicus.

The Commission’s share of the program has fallen well short of the promised amount . . .

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