Increased support from France and Germany—Europe’s two leading space powers—promises to provide a sharp boost in European space funding, provided budgets in other countries do not waver. Belgium also plans to increase its space spending, although perhaps not as much as initially envisioned. The U.K., too, is weighing a sharp expansion of its space program, although it has yet to detail spending plans (AW&ST Feb. 15, p. 38). On the other hand, funding in Italy, Europe’s third-place ...


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