Spain: Astrium, Europe’s leading space company, is delighted by the decisions taken by the Ministerial Council of the European Space Agency (ESA). The level of the budget voted for the period 2013-2017 (EUR 10 billion) and the programmes funded mark a very real consolidation of the future of European space.
On the occasion of the announcement of these decisions, François Auque, CEO of Astrium, said, “This is a great moment for the construction of the European space sector and Astrium welcomes the decisions, especially during the difficult economic conditions.
We are particularly pleased that the Ministers of the ESA member States have secured investment for the definition study of the new Ariane 6 launcher and for continued development of the Ariane 5ME. These future versions will benefit from the know-how and commitment of the women and men of Astrium, who have made Ariane 5 the most reliable launcher currently on the market.
We also note the major steps forward taken for the MetOp-SG meteorological satellite programme and the Orion service module, NASA’s new space transport system.
At Astrium, we are particularly proud to work to continue to build the Europe in Space, day after day”.