Portugal to select micro-launcher service concession for Azores spaceport in 2020

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The history of startup commercial spaceports in recent years in the United States gives no reason for optimism, but a half-dozen European nations nonetheless want to give it a try.

Seven of them — Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom — together invested 53.3 million euros into a new European Space Agency (ESA) program called Commercial Space Transportation Services and Support at the agency’s Nov. 27-28 meeting that decided a multi-year budget package.

All of them face high hurdles . . .

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