SpaceX signs deal to launch key European satellites

(Reuters) – SpaceX has signed a deal to launch as much as 4 of Europe’s flagship navigation and safe communications satellites into orbit, The Wall Avenue Journal reported on Monday.

The European Fee, the European Union’s govt arm, together with EU member states, should nonetheless give ultimate approval for the deal, the report added, citing officers.

SpaceX and the European Area Company lately signed an settlement for 2 launches subsequent yr, every carrying two Galileo satellites, Javier Benedicto, the company’s director of navigation advised the Journal.

The settlement requires the satellites to be launched on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from the U.S., he added.

SpaceX, and the European Fee didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

European house officers stated final month they face essential timing selections within the coming weeks on the return to flight of Europe’s flagship house launchers following a collection of delays.

(Reporting by Gursimran Kaur in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Nivedita Bhattacharjee)

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