A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off, carrying 53 Starlink internet satellites. Photo: Reuters
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off, carrying 53 Starlink internet satellites. Photo: Reuters
Space

Europe eyes Elon Musk’s SpaceX to bridge launch gap left by Russia tensions

  • The multi-billionaire entrepreneur’s company emerges as a contender to plug a gap alongside Japan and India, but final decisions depend on the timetable for Europe’s Ariane 6 rocket
  • Talks remain at an exploratory phase, ‘It’s not like jumping on a bus’, the European Space Agency’s Director General Josef Aschbacher said

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off, carrying 53 Starlink internet satellites. Photo: Reuters
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off, carrying 53 Starlink internet satellites. Photo: Reuters
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