Space Europe is remobilizing to catch up with the intrepid SpaceX

Test of the Thémis reusable rocket stage project, led by ArianeGroup. Ariane Group – Eskenazy

On the program: the reusable Maia mini-launcher and a sovereign constellation.

After a long period of denial in the face of SpaceX, which quickly established itself as the world leader in launches with its reusable Falcon 9 rocket, manned flights with its Crew Dragon capsule and constellations with Starlink, Europeans are – finally – ready to take back the initiative. The international space conference, organized in Paris this week (from December 13 to 16), by the firm Euroconsult, offers Europeans the opportunity to take the pulse of their industry, on the eve of a crucial year 2022.

To put it simply, we will have our SpaceX and we will have our Falcon 9“, assured Bruno Le Maire, the Minister of the Economy, last Monday. An echo of Emmanuel Macron, who cited the SpaceX model in his speech on the France 2030 plan.We must not go from one excess to another and fall into “Musk-mania”. Europe is not the United States. We have to find a balance point“Warns Arthur Sauzay, lawyer at Allen & Overy and space specialist

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