PARIS and BERLIN — In the coming years, as the U.K. replaces Italy as the European Space Agency’s (ESA) third-largest contributor, the Astrium space division of EADS stands to benefit from Britain’s 25% increase in ESA spending approved last November. With major operations in the U.K., Astrium will take advantage of a funding boost targeted mainly at developing next-generation telecommunication satellite technologies and supporting Earth observation and meteorology programs. ...

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