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Space Nuggets – 04/2024 – Politics and Space make a dangerous cocktail 🇪🇺

This week, Dr Emma Gatti, our Editor in Chief, discussed with us the latest updates from the 16th European Space Conference in Brussels, Belgium, 23-24 January 2024.
She spoke about :
1. The pressing issue of #launch vehicles in Europe
2.⁠ ⁠⁠European Commission versus ESA
3.⁠ ⁠⁠The highlights from the conference- specifically #militarisation of space

Our Editor in Chief Emma Gatti also presented a talk on #space #communication at the conference.

 

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