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Saturday, August 13, 2022

European Space Agency Seeks Possibility of SpaceX Launching

 In Reuters:

Exclusive: Europe eyes Musk's SpaceX to bridge launch gap left by Russia tensions

By Tim Hepher and Joey Roulette

PARIS, Aug 12 (Reuters) - The European Space Agency (ESA) has begun preliminary technical discussions with Elon Musk's SpaceX that could lead to the temporary use of its launchers after the Ukraine conflict blocked Western access to Russia's Soyuz rockets.

The private American competitor to Europe's Arianespace has emerged as a key contender to plug a temporary gap alongside Japan and India, but final decisions depend on the still unresolved timetable for Europe's delayed Ariane 6 rocket.   ... '

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