Europe's next flagship space mission is hanging in the balance, but that is not the fault of the European Space Agency (ESA), which is building six new satellites to carry out the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) mission. Putting the program at risk is none other than the 27-nation EU itself, which may renege on a political commitment to fund GMES operations and maintenance in its next multiyear budget. If that happens, which is looking increasingly likely, the ...

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