Brussels [Belgium]January 13 (ANI / Xinhua): The European space program needs a European alliance for launchers to ensure independent access to space, European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said Tuesday. The alliance with the launchers will be launched in the coming months, said Breton, who gave a speech at the European Space Conference in Brussels, Belgium.
According to the Commissioner, the European Union (EU) must develop a “more offensive, aggressive and coherent global strategy” on pitchers. The French launcher Ariane and the Italian launcher Vega, while competitive in the global space market, may not be able to compete with non-EU competitors in the future.
“The standards for launchers are currently being redefined outside Europe. We all know. We have to ask ourselves, will our current approach successfully lead us to 2050? Breton said. Inviting reflection on disruptions in the implementation of space programs, the Commissioner preferred a quick reaction and more intense discussions on how to maintain the EU’s position as a key player on the global space scene.
Breton said he will bring together relevant actors in the coming months to initiate an alliance of European launchers to jointly define with the European Space Agency, member states, the European parliament and industry “a common road map for the next generation of launchers and relevant technologies to ensure autonomous access to space “. Spatial autonomy “does not mean closing the door on our partners. It is all about developing and maintaining our infrastructure, technologies, skills, competences and reducing critical dependencies on third countries, so that we can rely on us if needed, “he added.
Speaking at the conference on Tuesday, European Council President Charles Michel stressed that space action is “at the heart” of European strategic autonomy. “Less addiction, more influence,” he added.
The EU plans to spend € 14.9 billion (US $ 18.2 billion) on the space program over the period 2021-2027, which will help strengthen support for a space industrial base from data to the Internet of Things, broadband, Earth observation and launch systems, Michel said. (ANI / Xinhua)
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