The latest from Patrick M. French

  • Commercial Launch Policy & Politics

    Risks of Mixing Launcher Policy into FSS Business

    A recent article in Space News offered a number of suggestions from a group of eminent European space industry figures on ways to revamp the European launch industry and, specifically, Arianespace [“Former Officials Urge ‘Radical’ Overhaul of European Launch Industry,” Nov. 22, page 7]. European officials certainly should give the “Long-Term Strategy for European Space Launchers” study serious consideration given the intimate knowledge the report’s authors have of Europe’s launch sector development and growth over the last two decades and more. Yet we at the international telecom market research and consulting firm NSR feel that while many of the suggestions in this study are no doubt very worthy of future implementation, there are two issues raised, one of fact and one of opinion, that are contestable.