Round and round: Europe’s launcher debate still can’t find its Delta-v

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — A French-Italian government meeting on space policy inevitably focused on Europe’s launcher strategy and showed why the issue may be impossible to resolve in the short term.

To understand how fraught this is, read the following comments as if you were a launcher startup from anywhere in Europe, or were from the German, Spanish, Norwegian or British government.

The occasion was a June 1 discussion at the French embassy in Rome. Among the speakers were the heads of the Italian, French and European space agencies, and . . .

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