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European radar satellite operators see partnership as key to commercial success

14 October 2013

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The Spanish and German governments and their industrial partners are counting on an unprecedented bilateral partnership in radar satellite surveillance to establish a firm commercial footing in a sector that has been resistant to commercial success.

The two nations' agreement to combine their national X-band radar satellite efforts to form a single constellation, while preserving their national military requirements, has not been helped by the delays in the launch of Spain's Paz satellite.

The 1,410-kilogram Paz, whose launch had been scheduled for 2013, is now set for a late-2014 launch aboard the Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr rocket, a converted ballistic missile that has fallen far behind in its commercial manifest.

Source: Space News

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