Europe Gets Lost in Space

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SPACE CZAR: Philippe Busquin wants to streamline Europe's space policy

When a European Space Agency Ariane 5 rocket crashed off the coast of French Guiana in December, it seemed to symbolize the current state of Europe's space ambitions. While Europe continues to pursue Mars missions and a bold attempt to land on a comet, the future of Europe's high-tech industries depends, European leaders maintain, on another big scheme: the development of a global satellite-positioning system (GPS), which will allow a person's whereabouts to be pinpointed within a few meters. The U.S. has already built a GPS system. But the ESA says it needs its own for commercial reasons, so it is...

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