Italian government explains why SpaceX, not Europe’s Vega-C or Soyuz, will launch radar satellite

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The Italian Space Agency (ASI)’s decision to launch a civil-military radar satellite this year with SpaceX is an example of a rational business and program management decision flying in the face of intra-European diplomacy.

The launch will occur in the wake of a decision of 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA) to put more muscle into their governments’ long-stated “preference” for European launches:

The decision to use . . .

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