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ESA Gets Flexible to Cut Costs

Science  01 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5437, pp. 21-22
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5437.21a

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NAPLES, ITALY-- This spring, a meeting of government ministers from the 14 member states of the European Space Agency (ESA) voted to maintain a fixed rate of science funding that had been in place since 1995: Inflation, which has already eaten into the budget for 4 years, will continue to do so. Last week, both ESA's decision-making Science Program Committee and the Space Science Advisory Committee met here to discuss how to deal with their shrinking resources. They voted for flexibility: In future, several options will be developed in parallel, and the decision on when to fly them will be made at a later stage in the process.

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