SpaceX signs deal to launch key European satellites

SpaceX signs deal to launch key European satellites

PARIS — SpaceX has signed a deal to launch up to four of Europe’s flagship navigation and secure communications satellites into orbit, bolstering the Elon Musk-led company’s growing presence in the region as its local rivals struggle to launch their rockets.

SpaceX and the European Space Agency recently signed an agreement for two launches next year, each carrying two Galileo satellites, said Javier Benedicto, the agency’s navigation director. The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, as well as EU member states, have yet to give final approval to the deal. That should happen before the end of the year, officials said.

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