SpaceX has inked an agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA) to send up to four of Europe’s pivotal navigation and secure communication satellites into space, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
European space launchers have faced a spate of delays recently, leading to a period of uncertainty. European space officials have indicated that crucial decisions will be made regarding their return to flight in the coming weeks.
Javier Benedicto, ESA’s director of navigation, confirmed the partnership, stating that an agreement between SpaceX and the European Space Agency has been signed for two launches in the upcoming year, each carrying two Galileo satellites. The terms stipulate that these satellites will be dispatched aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from the United States.
While the partnership marks a significant moment for Europe’s flagship space initiatives, which have grappled with setbacks recently, official comments from SpaceX have yet to comment on the matter.
The timely and successful launch of these satellites is of paramount importance, as it holds the potential to fortify Europe’s position in the international space sector. Nevertheless, before this collaboration can officially commence, it must secure the final nod from the European Commission and EU member states.