Two uncomfortable truths: Europe’s launch sector is in crisis, and no one knows how to end it

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The French aerospace industries association, GIFAS, said Europe’s launch sector was in an “unprecedented crisis situation” with the delayed availability of Ariane 6 and the recent failure of the medium-lift Vega-C rocket.

But the organization, whose members include all major French launcher contractors, had no answer to the question: Now what?

Instead, during a Jan. 5 press briefing here, GIFAS officials painted a picture of an industry in passive mode, waiting until the governments of France, Germany and Italy . . .

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