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Space Café Radio – The sins of Ariane – with Prof. Patrizia Caraveo

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In this latest episode of Space Café Radio, our editor in chief Emma Gatti converses with guest Patrizia Caraveo, research director at the Italian Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) about Europe’s challenges within the space industry.

The conversation revolves around the recent news of the EU commissioning the launch of part of its Galileo’s satellites to SpaceX, due to lack of European heavy launchers. The European space programs are falling behind due to lack of investment in reusable rockets, economical sustainability of heavy launches, and policy mistakes related to past managerial decisions. Will Europe be able to catch up, and amend?

00:00 Introduction and Welcome

00:18 Discussion on European Space Strategy

01:03 The Issue of European Dependence on SpaceX

01:26 Reflections on Europe’s Space Politics

06:07 The Paradox of Europe’s Space Economy

10:43 The Future of Europe’s Space Program

12:17 The Political Complexity of Europe’s Space Activities

14:07 Conclusion and Farewell

Space Café Radio brings you talks, interviews, and reports from the team of SpaceWatchers while out on the road. Each episode has a specific topic, unique content, and a personal touch. Enjoy the show, and let us know your thoughts at [email protected]

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