The European Space Agency (ESA) is seriously considering SpaceX for temporary use of its launchers after Russia blocked Western access to its Soyuz rockets. The West has imposed sanctions on Russia for its war over Ukraine.
• ESA could use Elon Musk’s services for temporary launches in the wake of the Ukraine war
• The Ukraine war has been a boon for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 which is getting more customers
• SpaceX has emerged as the top contender for the world in the rocket launching sector
• ESA is also considering Japan and India for its launches
How Is Ukraine War Affecting ESA’s Plans?
Until now, Europe was using the Italian Vega for small payloads, Russian Soyuz for medium payloads, and the Ariane 5 for heavy missions. The next-generation Vega C staged a debut last month and the deployment of the new Ariane 6 has been delayed until next year. It has a precise schedule in October after which the agency will make a backup plan.
Is Europe Dependent On Russia For Its Space Program?
ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher said that the Ukraine conflict has exposed Europe’s decade-long … Read the rest