Italy stands firm, finances Europe’s version of USAF X-37b, and pays bill for Vega post-failure modifications

by Peter B. de Selding

SEVILLE, Spain — Europe will have its own version of the U.S. Air Force Orbital Test Vehicle/Boeing X-37b thanks to the determination of the Italian government to go it alone, if necessary, to carry the European Space Rider project over the finish line.

European Space Agency (ESA) governments, meeting here Nov. 27-28 for a ministerial-level conference held every three years, approved the Space Rider project because Italy did not waiver in its support despite near-zero interest in Space Rider in France and . . .

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