Portugal’s Heitor on EU constellation: We’ll need funding from non-space sources; Copernicus is untouchable

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The Feb. 16 Space Summit of the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) gave European governments a first look at the Commission’s proposed new flagship program on secure connectivity.

The Commission has proposed a satellite constellation that would serve military, civil government and commercial users, to be managed by a private-sector concession if possible. It has estimated the cost at around 6 billion euros ($6.8 billion).

The Commission says the funding will be drawn from its own programs (2 . . .

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