The European Commission said it will conduct an investigation of Astrium, a joint venture of Germany's DASA and the Franco-British Matra Marconi Space. Astrium, announced in October, would combine all space activities of MMS and most of the space activities of DASA. With more than 8,000 employees and annual revenues of 2.25 billion euros ($2.45 billion), it would be one of the world's leading space companies. This very strength worried the EC. It said yesterday that its "main areas ...

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