Question for ESA ministers: Are you paying attention to the U.S. Air Force?

by Peter B. de Selding

LES MUREAUX, France — European Space Agency (ESA) governments will meet Oct. 25 in the middle of nowhere outside Madrid — aka Villafranca — to discuss policy objectives including partnerships with New Space startups, a stronger relationship with the European Union and a new program on space safety and security, ESA Director-General Jan Woerner said.

One of the more immediate issues facing ESA and the Commission, however, is not on the agenda: how to assure a smooth, business-friendly transition from the current Ariane 5 heavy-lift rocket to the Ariane 6 between . . .

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