Slovenia to become ESA’s 23rd member state, pledges doubling of space budget through 2025

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — Slovenia will become the 23rd member of the European Space Agency (ESA) in early 2025 after signing an accession agreement June 18, and it pledged to increase its space budget by more than the minimum required as a full ESA member.

Slovenia, a member of the European Union, has long scored high marks for innovation and R&D investment and has already been investing more at ESA than fellow ESA associate members Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia.

In 2024, Slovenia’s ESA . . .

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