Europeans want to add to their success in space transport with the new Ariane 6 rocket. They’ve long been the market leaders. But fast-growing firms such as SpaceX are making life tough for the Europeans.
Europe's space program says it needs more funding to stay competitive internationally. Just as several projects are starting to take off, private space companies pose a particular threat to the agency.
Germany should try to send an astronaut to the moon as a part of the US-led mission in 2024, according to the influential BDI business association. It wants the state to ensure conditions for a "private spaceport."
China's ambitious space program could also be a chance for the European Space Agency to grow. The Europeans can't afford big projects such as Mars missions or building lunar bases on their own, says DW's Frank Sieren.
US President Donald Trump's plan for a Space Force will not change the way we explore beyond our planet. The development of civilian space travel has always been linked to the military, says DW’s Fabian Schmidt.
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