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Going into space was a competition between Russia and USA for many years. It entered into peaceful exploration and use, preservation of security and integrity. Now, it seems as if it is not even a goal anymore. Russia decided to leave ISS (International Space Station) in 2020 – earlier than expected. Yes, it’s true – Ukraine crisis is having its space dimension now. But what does that mean for R&D? While USA and Russia seem to lose interest in space and India and China did not reach the status of highly developed space-technology yet, it’s on Europe to fill the gap. It’s a great opportunity. Space means endless dimensions, in distance and in technology-matters. Europe has a good industrial and technical basis to build on.

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