ESA gets 18% budget boost

Next month’s Spaceflight will carry details of the biggest increase in ESA’s budget in its history, where that increase has been applied, where it places member states in the European league tables and how at least one country has increased its space spending by almost 30%.

On 15 January ESA announced a 2016 spending plan now worth €5.25billion, up 18.4% on the previous year. Just where this has been applied and who gets what will be described, together with implications for existing programmes and prospects for the future.

This is extraordinarily good news for people within the industry and for those seeking to encourage new entrants at graduate and post-graduate level, opportunities expanding in areas where Europe is already a world class player and in some avenues of activity a global leader.

See the next issue of Spaceflight, out early February.

David Baker

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