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European radar satellite operators see partnership as key to commercial success
14 October 2013
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