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Remodeled ESA Backs Applications Projects

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Science  03 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5373, pp. 20
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5373.20b

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The European Space Agency's governing council last week approved development money for a new satellite-based navigation system, ESA's revamped Earth-observation program, an upgrade for the Ariane 5 rocket, and a new launcher for small satellites. The decisions demonstrate the agency's increasing focus on space applications since Antonio Rodotà took over as ESA director-general last July (Science, 5 September 1997, p. 1426). But the council's apparent unanimity masks major disputes that loom over some programs.