Protecting Europe’s critical space technologies, boosting its struggling space industry: Difficult to do both

by Peter B. de Selding

TUPPER LAKE, NY — A 58-week wait for delivery of a High-Density Interconnect printed circuit board (HDI PCB) is one example of the continued space supply-chain bottlenecks that are complicating European governments’ efforts to reduce its space sector’s dependence on non-European components.

On the one hand, the European Commission wants to stimulate domestic production of critical space technologies to replace potentially unreliable non-European suppliers. But to do this, the commission must be able promise EU providers of a sufficient market to sustain their business — a sometimes impossible task . . .

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