An internal German debate over selection of a contract to supply Europe’s next meteorological satellite network shows the continuing vulnerability of the European space program to geo­graphic-return disputes. Eumetsat, Europe’s weather satellite operator, had hoped to receive approval for the €3.3-billion ($4.4-billion) Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) system on March 26. All of the organization’s member states OK’d the user requirements, but two opted to defer a decision on the program ...

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