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Arianespace Leads Campaign in U.S. To Stifle Chinese Launch Competition


For the past eight months the global space industry has witnessed an apparently unprecedented campaign by one French company, the Arianespace commercial launch consortium, to enlist the U.S. government to prevent another French company, satellite builder Thales Alenia Space, from bidding for satellite manufacturing contracts that include launching the satellite aboard one of China’s Long March vehicles.

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