In Europe We are clearly lagging behind in the space race, but the latest successes from NASA and SpaceX as well as the Chinese aerospace agency seem to have rekindled the ambitions of the old continent, which now shows a renewed interest in space missions.
European Commissioner in this area, Thierry Breton, announced that ambitious projects such as the creation of a High speed internet via satellite for Europe and the notable acceleration of the project Galileo, which theoretically will operate in 2024 instead of the original plan which marked its date of start of activity in 2027.
Ambitious plans, many challenges ahead
It seems that the news regarding the deployment of the thousands of satellites of the Starlink network of SpaceX has long teeth in the European Union, which now wishes to promote a competitor who would offer European citizens high-speed satellite connections.
Not only that. Thierry Breton, European Commissioner who heads this area, optimistically indicated that “space is one of the forces of Europe, and we will give ourselves the means to accelerate [en este mercado]”
For the first time, there will be a European budget to support the development of rocket launches, including reusable rockets which again seem to aspire to compete with the Falcon 9 from SpaceX. In fact Breton did not hide this desire: “SpaceX has redefined the standards of launchers, so Ariane 6 is a necessary step, but not the final objective: we have to start thinking about Ariane 7 now.”
The Arianespace company already announced at the end of last year that its objective was to make its future rockets more competitive, and already have small prototypes who are approaching this goal.
CNES and Arianespace are both working on the development of the Prometheus engine for use first prototype of this reusable rocket, called Themis. Another reusable rocket called Callisto is also under development by this company and its research partners.
Breton expects the European Commission to supply € 16,000 million to promote this series of projects, and also wants to create a fund of 1 billion euros to invest in startups in the European aerospace industry.
In his announcement, he also underlined the intention of the European Commission to have the Galileo global positioning system operational by 2024, which would advance the originally planned mandate by three years. According to this commissioner, this generation of satellites will be “the most modern in the world”, capable of interacting in an advanced manner and providing a more precise signal than that currently offered by GPS systems.
Source : Xataka.com