Germany’s DLR: Heading into ESA ministers’ conference, France & Germany agree on launchers’ strategic importance

by Peter B. de Selding

WASHINGTON — Does the Franco-German agreement on launch vehicle strategy announced Oct. 16 by the two nations’ heads of state mean that the two nations are in agreement on a broader space policy?

Taken together, France and Germany account for 50% of the budget of the 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA). When they agree, they are all but unstoppable.

But they don’t always agree. Historically, France has focused more on launch vehicles and Germany more on human space flight and the International Space Station cooperation . . .

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